Busting Fitness and Nutrition Myths

The fitness and nutrition world is getting a lot better about know where and from who to get their information. However, there are still some myths out there that people refuse to give up. I am about to bust those and hopefully give you a new perspective.

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Myth: Crunches give you a 6 pack.
Truth: Good nutrition will give you a 6 pack. If you are wanting to strengthen your core you are better of with an anti extension/anti rotation exercise like a plank hold.

Myth: Strength training makes you bulky and takes away all flexibility.
Truth: Strength training will make you stronger, leaner, more mobile and more agile.

Myth: Foods that are labeled Organic, Non GMO, Gluten Free or Natural are not always healthy.
Truth: This is a marketing tactic used by food companies to get you to buy their product. Those foods CAN be healthy but they are not ALWAYS healthy. There are a lot of other factors that go into qualifying a food as healthy.

Myth: Deadlifts are bad for your back.
Truth: Improper form and too much weight is what is bad for your back. Deadlifts are actually a great way to strengthen you back if done correctly.

Myth: You need a juice detox.
Truth: Your body is literally designed to do that on its own. That is what your liver, kidneys and skin are made for. Don’t waste your money.

Myth: Running and extra cardio is necessary to burn fat.
Truth: Running and cardio is fine but it wont burn as much fat. You will only be burning fat while you are doing the actual activity. With strength training you will be burning fat all throughout the day, even when you are sleeping.

Myth: Calories don’t matter as long as you are “Eating clean”.
Truth: Calories ALWAYS matter. Eating clean is always the better choice but calories are king in any situation.

Myth: You can spot reduce fat by doing exercises that target those areas.
Truth: You can not choose where your body burns fat. However, you can attempt to build muscle in that area.

Myth: One nutrition slip up ruins all your progress and completely sets you back.
Truth: One mistake is not going to put you that far behind. Just get right back on track with the next bite of food. Don’t let it turn into a vicious cycle.

Myth: If you are not sore after your workout it wasn’t worth it.
Truth: A hard workout is not always a good workout. A good workout is one that is programed well and desired for your body.

Myth: A 30 day fix will get you right where you want to be.
Truth: There is no replacement for hard work, consistency, effort and dedication.

Myth: Eating at night makes you fat.
Truth: When you eat does not matter. How much you eat always matters.

Madison Murray is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, certified sports and exercise nutrition coach and a certified functional strength coach. For more information head to madfitaz.com or check her out on instagram at @mmmadisonmurray

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