Having misconceptions about weight loss may deter you from wanting to lose weight. Get the facts right and begin working towards a healthier lifestyle
While everyone knows active living is essential to weight management and maintaining a healthy body weight, some myths may be keeping you from taking a step to a more active lifestyle.
Here are some of the most common misconceptions about physical activity and weight loss:
Fact: Everything counts when it comes to weight loss. While daily activities may not significantly improve aerobic fitness, they still burn more calories than sitting in front of the TV or computer.
Fact: While vigorous-intensity physical activity burns more calories in a shorter time, going a bit longer with moderate-intensity physical activities can burn the same number of calories. Any aerobic exercise such as brisk walking, badminton or leisure cycling can help you shed pounds.
Fact: During exercise, you use energy from both fats and carbohydrates. Body fat is burnt within the first few minutes of physical activity. Remember, even when it comes to burning fat, some physical activity is better than none!
Fact: Muscle-strengthening exercises are crucial for both males and females. However,
the impact of strength training would differ between genders due to hormonal
differences, as women do not have the level of hormones necessary to create big
muscles. Women should do strength training to improve strength, bone health,
and tone up.
Fact: For most types of physical activity, you don't need special clothing. You can exercise safely and effectively wearing comfortable sports shoes and loose-fitting everyday clothes. However, some activities like cycling or soccer may require you to wear protective gear like helmets or shin guards.
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This article was last reviewed on
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
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