Engaging in fitness is a popular activity for women, providing a way to shed unwanted weight, achieve a beautiful and toned physique, boost overall wellness, and alleviate stress. Unfortunately, many myths surrounding strength training dissuade women from participating in it. To debunk these myths, we have compiled a list of the most common misconceptions that prevent women from achieving their fitness goals.
Myth #1: Women who engage in strength training will gain weight.
This is a common but false belief since women have less testosterone than men, and gaining a bulky body requires taking special supplements. Women who engage in strength training with the right equipment and diet plan can achieve a slim, toned, and healthy body. Additionally, strength training intensively burns fat, enhances metabolism, and reduces injury risk.
Myth #2: Carbohydrates should be avoided for optimal results.
Carbohydrates are essential for gaining strength and energy, but choosing the right kind of carbs (e.g., fruits, vegetables) and avoiding junk food and sugar is crucial.
Myth #3: Cardio is the best way to lose weight.
While cardio is helpful, combining it with strength training is more effective in burning fat.
It’s essential to maintain a healthy diet while combining the two.
Myth #4: Prolonged training leads to quicker results.
Overtraining releases cortisol, a stress hormone that can harm the body. Training for an hour a day, five times a week is ideal, depending on individual capabilities.
Myth #5: Morning is the best time to exercise.
There is no specific time that’s best for exercise. The best time is the one that’s convenient and works for an individual’s schedule.
Myth #6: Pain during training means it’s working.
There’s a significant difference between muscle pain and injury. Stop training immediately if you feel sharp pain.
Myth #7: Doing abdominal exercises is the best way to lose belly fat.
Abdominal exercises strengthen muscles but don’t burn fat. A combination of cardio, proper diet, and full-body exercises is necessary.
Myth #8: Weight is the most important indicator of progress.
Measuring centimeter changes, increased energy, and strength, and changes in appearance are better indicators of progress.
We’ve debunked the most common beginner fitness myths that have kept women from reaching their fitness goals. Don’t let these myths discourage you from achieving your desired results.