Were you told about the common myths by the so-called fitness gurus when you were about to start the gym or when your mind popped up with an idea of being fit? And eventually, you realized it did no good but exhaust you? If you have already signed up for a gym to tone up or slim down or to boost your energy, forget about the protein shakes and sweat your way through building strong, hulk-like muscles. We Portal busts a few common fitness myths that you’ve been told are true!

  1. MYTH: Age doesn’t matter for gaining muscles

TRUTH: Your body does weaken in your old age, but gaining muscles has nothing to do with the age factor. You can still gain muscles even when you’re in your 50s despite the hormonal deficiencies. To rule out the deficiencies, get your blood and saliva checked if you are over 40.

  1. MYTH: Sweat more, lose more

TRUTH: Sweating is in no way related to losing weight or burning calories. It has nothing to do with the shedding of calories, say experts. It is the body’s route of getting rid of the heat. The so-called fat is oxidized inside your body and it will definitely not vaporize by sweating badly.

  1. MYTH: Soy is the one and only protein for Vegetarian

 TRUTH: To all the gym going vegetarian people, were you all told that soy is the only protein that you could actually take? Then, it’s time that you don’t have to really believe it! There are plenty of proteins such as rice protein, hemp and pea protein. The most easily available and best sources of protein are “Rice and Bean”. These ingredients are a great way to load up on proteins and carbs after an intense workout.

  1. MYTH: Is your back aching? Then, do yoga

TRUTH: The veracity is that yoga can aid with back pain, but it is not equitably good for all types. The yoga stretches and some of its positions will help if your back pain is pertained to muscles and but in worst cases of back pain such as a ruptured disc, yoga is not likely to help. If you do have issues with back, it is better to get it checked by a doctor before you start any kind of exercise program.

  1. MYTH: If you weren’t tired the next day, your workout wasn’t hard 

TRUTH: Soreness is the chemical response to an inflammation. The only scale by which you need to measure the progression is that of your goal. Judge your workout by what happens during the workout period. And the next day of your workout, if you weren’t tired, it doesn’t mean you didn’t disburse any energy, it just means your energy expenditure was right!

  1. MYTH: Rehydrate your body with a sports drink after a heavy workout

TRUTH: Most of the sports drinks are just sugar and water. Experts suggest that refuelling your body with plain water and a high-protein snack instead of a sports drink will rehydrate the body after a heavy workout.

  1. MYTH: Run Marathon to be fit

TRUTH: If you are not able to run a marathon, it’s okay! Not a problem. You can still get the perks of running long distance without crossing even a mile. Running fast and hard for 10 minutes can provide the same benefit as much as running for hours. In point of fact, people who run less than an hour a week seem to gain similar benefits with respect to heart health compared to those who run less than three hours per week.

  1. MYTH: Do stretching for faster recovery

TRUTH: Indulge in stretching if it makes you feel good, but it may not completely reduce the tiredness or soreness of the muscles or fasten the muscle tissue repair. But, stretching right after the workout when your body is warm, improves joint flexibility.

  1. MYTH: Eat fruit to not gain weight

TRUTH: Be it any food, no matter how healthy it is, can still make you put on weight. As far as fruits are concerned, it is also rich in carbohydrates. When you provide your body with a carb-rich food, you are actually informing your body to stop burning body fat for fuel.

With the truth coexists myths, it’s upon us to validate facts and know what to and what not to believe. Instead of lending your ears to such baseless myths, take expert advice and trust your instincts while ensuring to go with the flow.