Common cardio myths. Debunked!

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jul 31, 2015

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Incorrect information can take the form of believable myths. If you scale at the gym seems to have been stuck, you need to get the facts right. Here are the most common cardio myths that waste a lot of your time in the gym and outside.
  • 1

    Cardio is for fat loss and weight training is for muscle-building

    You may have often heard people say, ”I’m going to do cardio to lose fat first, then I’ll do weight training to reshape the body”. While you may be able to lose weight doing only cardio, it is actually the wrong way to go about it. Don’t ignore weight training when trying to slim down.

  • 2

    Cardio with weights torches more fat

    Cardio with weights can affect the process of burning calories, and can also disturb your balance. To burn more fat, raise the intensity of the cardio instead of increasing resistance.

  • 3

    Same type of activity will lead you to results

    Same body movements every day makes your body adapt to them and this will make you end up burning fewer calories every day. Change activities and if you are not changing them, vary their intensity.

  • 4

    Cardio first, weights second

    This myth is equivalent of getting back to the chicken-or-the-egg conundrum. After high intensity cardio session, you might not have enough gas in the tank to pump iron. Same occurs the other way around. You must plan both things to give the best shot or do both on different days.

  • 5

    If you don't have enough time, don’t engage

    Even if you have just 5-10 minutes, they will be worth the effort. 10 minutes of high intensity cardio is as good running on a treadmill for 30 minutes. If you have less time, increase the intensity. Don’t make time constraint an excuse to skip the workout.

  • 6

    You get best results when you are on an empty stomach

    Your body needs fuel to run. Working out on an empty stomach cuts the intensity, making you not get the results you expect. Moreover, you may also become hyperglycaemic and dehydrated. Fuel up about 90 minutes before your workout.

  • 7

    All runners should follow an ideal running form

    There is no single or ideal running form. If you look into the swing phase, stance time, loading rate and stretch reflex, you can easily get lost in the scientific jargon. There  certainly are best practices that can be applied, but the running form can be individualized.

  • 8

    You can eat anything as long as you exercise enough

    Exercise alone can’t give you the fitness results you hope for. The balance between how many calories you burn during your workout and how many calories you consume should be maintained.


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