Fact or Fiction: No Pain, No Gain

This post discusses the expression no pain, no gain and explains why pushing yourself harder is not always better. Your body needs to be challenged to some degree, but you also need to include adequate recovery time in your workout routine.

     No pain, no gain is one of the most commonly used expressions in fitness and chances are just reading those words made you think about working out. Well, probably not just working out, but working out really hard. It is known that the human body must be exposed to increasingly difficult challenges (higher weights, more reps, less rest, etc.) to stimulate further gains and exercising at an easy or comfortable level will, at best, only maintain your current fitness level. As a result, people often say no pain, no gain as a way to get the point across that you need to push yourself if you really want to improve. However, is no pain, no gain really an accurate statement?

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Fact or Fiction: Lifting Weights Makes you Big and Bulky

There are many myths and misconceptions in the world of fitness any many of them have to do with lifting weights or other forms of resistance training. This post discusses the common belief that lifting weights makes you big and bulky and explains why this belief is not really true.

     This is an issue that has been causing confusion for as long as I can remember and while people are certainly more educated about resistance training than ever before, there are still misconceptions about how lifting weights affects your body. There is no question that lifting weights can increase muscle size and the sport of bodybuilding has certainly left images in people’s minds of over muscled individuals with physiques that many find unappealing. Since people often associate lifting weights with bodybuilding, it becomes natural to assume that lifting weights makes you big and bulky.

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Fact or Fiction: Exercising in Water is Good for Your Entire Body

Exercising in the water is becoming more and more popular all the time and it is promoted as being an effective method of training for people of all ages and ability levels. This post takes a closer look at water based workouts and discusses the benefits and drawbacks of this form of training.

     Water aerobics and other water based workouts are becoming more popular all the time and everyone from individuals recovering from injuries to advanced athletes in peak condition are benefiting from this form of exercise. With so many different people benefiting from exercising in the water, it is being considered a great form of exercise for everyone and some people are even saying it is the best form of exercise. However, the issue remains whether or not this is the ideal workout that truly benefits your entire body.

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Fact or Fiction: Iceberg Lettuce is a Food you should Avoid

This post takes a closer look at the belief that iceberg lettuce is just a source of empty calories and a food to be avoided. The facts may surprise you.

Over the years iceberg lettuce has received its fair share of negative publicity. It often appears on lists such as “the top 10 foods you should avoid” or “foods you may think are healthy, but really aren’t.” All of this negativity towards iceberg lettuce stems from the fact that is does not have that many vitamins or minerals compared to darker green leafy vegetables, so it is often considered a source of empty calories. Yet the question remains, is iceberg lettuce actually a food you should avoid?

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Fact or Fiction: Doing lots of Abdominal Exercises is the Best Way to get Great Looking Abs

This post looks into the belief that doing a lot of abdominal exercises is the best way to develop great looking abs. It discusses why this belief is incorrect and explains a better approach to use for creating the well-defined abdominal muscles you desire.

     The abdominals are the muscles that people are concerned with more than any other part of the body. There are so many products developed, articles written, videos made, etc. about developing better looking abs that it could seem like everyone must be walking around with incredible abs. Of course, most people don’t have great abs and genetics does play a part, but another reason is because people assume that doing lots of abdominal exercises is the best way to get great looking abs. The reality is that this belief, while common, is complete fiction.

     Doing lots of abdominal exercises is definitely not the best way to get great looking abs and believe it or not, it is actually a very inefficient way to get the abs you desire. That said, it is still very important to incorporate abdominal exercises into your overall routine. Just keep in mind that abdominal exercises have more to do with the way your abs work (strength, endurance, etc.) and less to do with making significant changes in the way they look.

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Fact or Fiction: Lifting Weights will Decrease Your Flexibility

This post examines the issue of whether or not lifting weights decreases flexibility. It also looks at various causes of flexibility loss and provides suggestions to help maintain or improve your flexibility.

     Most people realize that flexibility is an important physical attribute and any good health and fitness program should help you improve or at least maintain your existing level of flexibility. Poor flexibility causes numerous problems including pain and injury, so it is important to avoid doing things that decrease your flexibility. Lifting weights is an activity that is acknowledged to have benefits for virtually everyone, yet some people avoid it, because they don’t want to lose flexibility. Continue reading “Fact or Fiction: Lifting Weights will Decrease Your Flexibility”

Fact or Fiction: Muscle Turns to Fat when You Stop Exercising

This post discusses the issue of whether fat turns to muscle when you stop exercising and provides suggestions to help you minimize fitness losses or fat gains if you do have to take a break from your workout routine.

     The issue of whether or not muscle can turn to fat is one of those topics that has caused more than its fair share of confusion over the years. I am not sure how the confusion started or where all the misinformation came from, but my best guess is that it had something to do with people making incorrect assumptions about their personal experiences. Interestingly, the science behind this issue is fairly basic and straightforward, so any confusion you have will hopefully be cleared up by the end of this post.

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