Misconceptions About The Healthier Lifestyle

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With all the really tasty junk food we have today, it’s difficult to go for a healthier lifestyle. It’s made even more difficult due to the fact that we’re all extremely busy. There’s no more time to go to the gym as some of us work after hours. After a stressful day, we simply just want to crash on our soft beds. And if working out and watching what you eat is hard enough for some, add to that the science behind each type of exercise. Targeting the abs, for one, has a lot of science behind it for the best results.

For the uninitiated, there are a lot of misconceptions. Perhaps one of the most common ones is that dieting means eating less. While this is true to some extent, it doesn’t mean you have to eat so little portions that makes your meals look like you’re in a gourmet restaurant. Dieting is a matter of regulating your carb intake, and getting more nutrients from your vegetables. If you really think about it, vegans have it nice. They can eat as much as they want and they’re still healthy.

Another popular misconception is that the more workouts you do, the better. It’s both true and false. It is true in a sense that more repetitions in your exercises can do wonders. It’s false in a sense that doing too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing. By doing your workouts, you’re tearing your muscles. By overdoing your workouts, you’re not allowing them to heal up and this puts you at risk for a more permanent damage.

It’s the same with supplements. Protein powders give supplementary protein to help muscle recovery and development, but drinking them too liberally without regard for when to take them will make you big, but not fit.

It’s important that you understand that these supplements won’t work at all without the exercise. Taking from the protein powder example, you have to do your workout to shape your muscles. Protein powder is like clay and exercise is the molding process. To make the most of it, you have to mold your muscles through exercise.

This brings us to the supplements misconception: that they’re necessary. You can get in shape without them. Supplements merely provide a boost to your repetitions. You can always do workouts without doing any creatine bodybuilding and still get the same result. It will take longer, but it’s going to be worth it.
Related Links:

6 Ways to Shrink Your Belly (And 5 Don’t Include Exercise!) (huffingtonpost.com)

5 ways to flatten your belly (no crunches needed) (edition.cnn.com)

Misconceptions About the Elusive Six-Pack

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Within a few months of hard work and dedication, you can get the body build that you want. You may notice, however, that while your arms, chest, and legs are in good physical shape, you lack the six-pack you wanted despite your abs being flat and firm. You start to wonder what you did wrong, and become oblivious to the benefits of your strong abdominal muscles. Instead, you start to focus on aesthetics and change your workout routine in pursuit of that elusive six-pack.

Everyone wants a flat tummy, but it’s not enough for some people apparently. They  start incorporating a ton of crunches and sit-ups in all forms and varieties, not knowing that if they simply continue doing what they’re doing, they will eventually have the six-pack they so desire. This is one of the most common misconceptions of the six-pack: that it’s easy to get them. The reality is that the six-pack is the one of the last muscles to develop when you regularly work out.

Another misconception is the fact that crunches and sit-ups alone can help develop the six-pack. This isn’t entirely true. While crunches and sit-ups help, you will never have a six-pack if you do not continue your current nutrition plan and diet. Six-packs appear only when the fat has been drained out of your belly, and a good combination of diet and abdominal exercises will yield the fastest result. If you are building mass and taking creatine, your six-pack development may come even later as you will be filled with water weight.

Finally, there’s a misconception that doing a bunch of sit-ups and crunches everyday can get people a six-pack quicker. In reality, doing too much of it can be counterproductive. There’s a reason that gym-goers have rest days. When you work out, your muscles get pulled and torn. This is no different with abdominal workouts. Doing too much and not allowing your abdominal muscles to recover risks serious damage.

The best way to go about getting a six-pack is a healthy diet and nutrition, regular trips to the gym for exercise, and sufficient rest. If you’re taking supplements, you can go for those that not only help you build muscle but fat burners as well. For instance, if you’re taking creatine, you can take a look at the different forms of creatine and see which ones you can benefit most from considering your current exercise regimen.

Related Links:

The Big Fat Six-Pack Myth (huffingtonpost.com.uk)

There’s more to fab abs than just exercise (edition.cnn.com)