1/9Things you got wrong about workout

Things you got wrong about workout
 
It is rare that a sedentary lifestyle and a fit body go hand in hand. What’s more? Different trainers in different gyms tell us things that are contradictory in nature, leaving us in a quandary. What to do first - cardio or weights? Should women do weights or not? These are questions often unanswered. So, here we bring to you some prevalent myths about working out we all need to forget.

2/9MYTH 1: Electrolytes are required after every workout

MYTH 1: Electrolytes are required after every workout
 
FACT: This totally depends on the duration and intensity of your workout. If your workout is not intense then instead of consuming electrolytes, have coconut water. There are some electrolyte-pumped energy drinks with extra sugar in them, which can actually slow down the fat-burning process. So, if your workout plan demands electrolytes, then check for sugar content in them.

3/9MYTH 2: Cardio comes first

MYTH 2: Cardio comes first

FACT: Running or performing cardio exercises reduces glycogen levels, which prevents the body from hard and vigorous work-out sessions. Before cardio, weight training should be done as this will increase testosterone and cortisol levels that are beneficial for intense work-out. People who cannot perform weights and cardio in separate sessions should definitely do weights first to gain more strength and power. However, there are certain exceptions where cardio can be performed before weights. For instance, for older individuals, who need a proper warm up, performing 10 to 20 minutes of cardio activity before strength can be rational. Also, if your fitness goal is to increase endurance, then doing cardio before weight is suggested.

4/9MYTH 3. Squats are bad for your knees

MYTH 3. Squats are bad for your knees
FACT: This totally depends on the duration and intensity of your workout. If your workout is not intense then instead of consuming electrolytes, have coconut water. There are some electrolyte-pumped energy drinks with extra sugar in them, which can actually slow down the fat-burning process. So, if your workout plan demands electrolytes, then check for sugar content in them.

5/9MYTH 4. Flat footed people cannot run fast

MYTH 4. Flat footed people cannot run fast
FACT: The biggest problem with flat footed people is over-pronation, a stride where the ankle rolls inward during each step. Undoubtedly, flat footed people face difficulty in running fast but once they know the technique to run properly, they can run as fast as any person with arched feet. Alan Webb, Steve Plasencia, and Haile Gebrselassie are some famous athletes and Olympic gold medalists with flat foot!

6/9MYTH 5. Weight training makes women bulky

MYTH 5. Weight training makes women bulky
FACT: Before discussing this point, it is required to know that bulky here means gaining excessive muscle mass. Weight training exercises don’t make women bulky, rather they make their body strong and healthy. Weight training exercises can make men gain more muscle mass than women as they have different hormones. But, remember if you are on steroids, then muscle mass tends to increase. To be bulky and manly you need a lot of testosterone. Unless you are not injecting any steroids, you need not worry.

7/9MYTH 6. Men can’t gain muscle after 40

MYTH 6. Men can’t gain muscle after 40
 
FACT: It is little harder because of the age factor, but one can gain muscle mass even after the age of 40. You need to follow the right type of training, should eat right with a regular fitness plan. Your body becomes creaky, and power starts to dip so it is important to make a few changes to your lifestyle to get desired muscle mass.

8/9MYTH 7. High protein diet is bad for your kidney

MYTH 7. High protein diet is bad for your kidney
 
FACT: Mostly, people who have regular workout regime are instructed to have protein rich diet. Proteins are beneficial for kidneys as they help them to function properly. High-protein diets don’t cause any harm to people who are healthy and active but people with unhealthy kidneys should always be cautious. Along with the protein intake, keep yourself well hydrated.

9/9MYTH 8. There is no point of workout if you can’t exercise hard

MYTH 8. There is no point of workout if you can’t exercise hard

FACT: Exercising is important than working out hard. Researchers have found that even a moderate work out is beneficial to reduce several diseases like heart-attacks and strokes.