Having misconceptions about managing weight may deter you from achieving your healthy weight. Get in the know 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 management:
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. Aim for at least
150 to 300 minutes of moderate aerobic physical activity per week.
Fact: During exercise, you use energy from both fats and carbohydrates. 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. 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
22 Nov 2023
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