Separate fact from fiction when it comes to women and fitness. Here are three myths that need to be kicked to the curb.
MYTH 1: Because of anatomical differences, you should work out differently than a man.
Even though our anatomy and structure may be different, our muscles work the same. Research has shown that there’s no reason women should be doing different workouts than men.
“Men and women both need to do the same number of sets and reps,” says Healthy Lifestyles coach Jessica Hunter. “And both sexes should be doing a variety of the same types of upper- and lower-body exercises as part of their regular routines.”
MYTH 2: You can get the same results as your trainer or [insert favorite celebrity here] if you work hard enough.
Many of us have bought those fitness DVDs that claim to change your life, and your body, in just 90 days. But the truth is, no matter what exercise routine you choose, your genetics and your body type have more say over the end result. No one workout is going to work for everyone. The trick is to work with your body type to get the results you want.
MYTH 3: If you lift heavy weights, then you are going to get bulky.
Women don’t have the same hormones to put on muscles like men do. Plain and simple. The truth is that if you lift weights, you are going to get stronger. And the more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body uses at rest. Plus, weight lifting is a great way to burn fat, and it helps you keep your bones strong.
The important thing is this: Stay focused on the work you’re doing and what you want to achieve. You’ll be happier with your results in the long run if you concentrate more on how you want to feel and what you want to be able to do – and less on how you want to look.
Find your fitness groove.
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SOURCE: American Council on Exercise – acefitness.org