Friday, April 21, 2017

Gym Myths #4

New gym myths seem to pop up overnight. Do all your exercises standing on one foot! Eat all the carbs you want before a 5k! Strength training makes you bulky! Your workout partner says one thing. The internet says another. A celebrity trainer says they are both wrong.

This is the last week I will share information from top experts in nutrition, exercise, weight loss and athletic performance to rank each concept and set the record straight. You will not only know if the idea is true - you'll also know why.

Pain is weakness leaving the body - FALSE - some soreness is normal when you exercise, but true pain is a warning sign that something is wrong.
A session of hard exercise can be uncomfortable and a touch of DOMS - delayed on-set muscle soreness - is normal. But stabbing pain in your back? Pain that effects the way you walk? Real pain is an indicator directing your attention to something important. Identify the pain and use it to enhance your path forward. See a physician or physical therapist for immediate relief.  Ask a trainer or coach for help with form and technique to prevent pain in the future.

You can stay fit - or even get fitter - as you age. - TRUE - you can take charge of your body's aging process. 
Some of the effects of aging are tough to avoid. The cardiovascular system loses efficiency; muscles and bones get weaker; memory, sex drive and recovery time all decline. But how quickly these vital capacities drop off is largely up to you. A 2008 study revealed that older athletes are able to keep pace with all but the most elite of their younger competition. Another study found that strength training improves muscle mass, strength, power, balance, and energy levels even among adults as old as 90. An additional study found that exercise, especially in middle age, can influence telomere length, a measure of a cell's capacity to function and an important marker for longevity.

Diets high in antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits, whole-kernel grains, and healthy fats can help prevent brain disease, heart disease and other chronic conditions that threaten quality of life in older people. As you age, your health and vitality are dictated as much or more by lifestyle choices as they are by genetics.

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Food

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