There is a lot of great fitness information out there today, in magazines, books, and especially online. But there’s also a lot of misleading information out there about fitness, including these three terms you should stop using…
There is no such thing as toning muscles
Many articles and advertisements speak of’muscle toning‘. You often see it in relation to women’s fitness, which implies that it is somehow different from other types of training. There are workouts for strength, power, size, cardio, aerobics, flexibility, and sport-specific workouts, and beginner, intermediate, and expert workouts for each. There is NO other type of training that achieves an undefined notion called ‘toned’.
Forget ‘Workouts for Women’ Too
Your second fitness term to remove is workouts for women. The muscles of men and the muscles of women have the same composition and the same purposes. A man’s training is a woman’s training is a man’s training, plain and simple. The difference in muscle size is chemical: men’s testosterone levels are much higher than those found in a woman’s body, and that’s what makes the biggest difference.
Writers and marketers use the term ‘women workouts‘to play on the irrational fears some women have that lifting weights will make them big and bulky. Don’t let them instill that same fear in you: go to the gym and lift weights as much as you want. You’ll be healthier, stronger, have more energy, and probably look much better, although your weight may increase because muscle is denser (heavier) than fat. If you’re a little concerned that you might gain weight by lifting weights, stick to powerlifting workouts: heavier weights with fewer reps per set. That style of training focuses more on building muscle strength and less on building muscle size, whether it’s for men or women.
The goal is NOT weight loss!
Probably the most destructive fitness term you should rule out is weight loss, yet it is the number one Googled term some years. If you have a higher body fat percentage than you should for your body type and height, what you want is LOSS OF FATno weight loss…
If losing weight is all you care about and you measure it with the common bathroom scale, you’re setting yourself up to be the victim of every weight loss scam out there and a lifetime of yo-yo dieting. Remember that muscle weighs more than fat, and your body is programmed to shed all unnecessary muscle and store energy as fat. As such, any rapid weight loss will mean that you have lost more muscle than fat, which is not your goal; in fact, it makes it even less healthy.
Also, your body has a fair amount of water, and water weighs about 62.5 pounds per cubic foot. Removing some of that water from your body will also reduce your weight, and your health along with it. In fact, not only do your circulatory system and organs need that water, but as little as 3% dehydration also begins to affect your mental prowess…
When you think in terms of fat loss, you will focus on Healthy nutrition Y regular exercise – both can lead you to lose body fat, gain muscle, have more energy, and generally be much healthier. Keep that focus and stop using the term “weight loss” starting today. You’ll be that much closer to living your ideal fitness lifestyle!