Trainer Lady Blog
Fitness tips and health advice from Trainer Lady Diane Bechtle.
Busting Exercise Myths
Exercise Myths that just don’t die:
Unused muscle turns to fat - if you stop lifting weights, muscles shrink. Lack of regular exercise coupled with poor eating habits is a recipe for fat storage.
Exercising in the “fat burning zone” (i.e. At lower rather than highter intensities) is best for fat loss - studies show that alternating high-intensity with active recovery burned more fat in 20 minutes than exercise at a moderate pace for 40 minutes. The more intense the workout, the more calories are burned during and after exercise.
Crunches carve the core - for that six-pack to be revealed, the fatty layer covering it must burn away. One study found that 6 weeks of abdominal training was not enough on it’s own to reduce belly fat. Food choices and cardiovascular exercise have to be a part of reducing the fatty layer.
Exercise alone can overcome poor eating habits - An average person would have to run 6-7 miles to burn off the 750 calories in a McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder with cheese.
Preworkout stretching reduces injury risk - postworkout stretches have been shown to be most effective as your muscles are warm and more pliable.
Now for that app - Charity Miles (charitymiles.org). Raise money for one of 28 charities every time your walk, run or cycle with this app funded by corporate partners Timex Sports and Humana, among others. It tracks your distance and donates 25 cents for every mile you walk or run, or 10 cents for each mile you bike. Exercise - the gift that keeps on giving - now to you AND others!!