One of the most common resolutions that people make each year is to get in better shape. However, there is a lot of misinformation about fitness floating around out there. If you are not able to differentiate fact from fiction, you may not be able to achieve your goals. Keep reading to learn more about what is real and what is a myth.
If you think that all you need to do to lose weight is get some exercise, you have missed half the problem. Exercise is a key part of an effective weight loss program, but you will not achieve your wished healthy weight if you only focus on how many calories you burn. You also need to change what goes into your body. You have to alter your diet to lose the most weight. If you keep eating fatty, sugary junk food, all the exercise in the world will not help.
You may have been told that once the weight starts to come off, you can slack off on the exercise. This is another myth. You need to maintain your new level of activity if you want to keep losing weight. Weight loss is essentially a balancing act: more calories have to be burned than consumed. If you reduce the amount of exercise you do, you will be burning fewer calories, and therefore losing less weight.
No doubt, you have seen ads on television promising miraculous results from a revolutionary new fitness program. All you have to do is order their product, and in a few weeks, you will have the body of a professional athlete! No matter how tempting these products may seem, such claims are wild exaggerations. If you want to lose weight and get in shape, you have to be willing to put in some effort. You do not have to train like an Olympic athlete, but getting in shape needs some dedication and genuine effort. There is no shortcut or magic bullet that will make you fit and healthy without work.
Some products promise that you can become fit and healthy with just a few minutes of exercise each day. While it is true that hours of exercise are not needed for good results, you need to spend more than five or ten minutes a day working out. This does not mean that you have to spend an hour or two in the gym each day. By incorporating more activity into your daily routine, you can get the benefits of exercise without having to dedicate time specifically for working out. For example, walking or biking to work or to the store helps you get some exercise without having to spend time at the gym.
To get in shape, you do not have to radically change your lifestyle, but it will need some adjustments. If you are out of shape and unhealthy, this is due in part to any number of unhealthy habits that you have picked up over the years. If you want to be healthier, you are going to have to eliminate these habits from your life. Getting in shape means changing your routine so that you practice healthy habits and avoid unhealthy ones. The key is to find a way to do so that needs the least disruption to your life, so that you will be willing to do so on a regular basis.
Once you are aware of these common myths and misconceptions, you can keep them from obstructing your progress toward your fitness goals. The more accurate an understanding you have of personal fitness, the more effective your fitness program will be. Once you have found a strategy that works for you, stick with it, and you will soon see the results you want.