Common Fitness Misconceptions – BUSTED.

Part 1

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Gosh, isn’t so easy for information to just get out there these days. We are overloaded with information pretty much from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep. But have you ever stopped to wonder if the information you are receiving is actually accurate? What is the validity of it? Where is it coming from? Is it strictly opinion or fact based?

I am going to bust the first common fitness misconceptions that I see way too commonly over the next 5 minutes, you ready?

But first, who the heck am I to be busting these fitness myths for you?

Hey 🙂 I’m Carly, a 30-year old fitness professional of 10 years. With 10 years of experience in Personal Training and Group Exercise, and most importantly, a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise science, I’ve been able to learn a thing or two over my years in the field. And let me tell you, fitness is my passion…. no, realistic fitness is my passion!

Okay, now that we know each other let’s dive in…. fitness Myth #1:

1. More Exercise = Faster Results

Ah wait, am I actually saying that you don’t have to exercise for hours on end, work yourself to the ground, or hit major burnout in order to achieve your results? Yes. I. Am.!
There are principles of exercise that you might be familiar with: overload, specificity, etc. but there are also principles of recovery, and this is usually where we fall short. We as humans are great at WORKING, but are terrible at RESTING. And hate to break it to ya – or maybe you want to hear this – but results come during times of rest. Yes. I said it.

Do you know?

That when we are exercising, our muscle are quite literally being broken down. And muscle growth actually happens during the recovery process, when the muscles are repairing themselves from that workout, forming back to their natural resting state. And over time, they grow stronger as they do so. You are literally and physically not getting stronger during your workout, you are getting stronger while you’re at rest

Similarly, muscle burns more calories at rest than fat. This means: the more muscle you have on your body, the more calories you are burning while… you guessed it, resting.

Hmm… sounds like in order to be burning more calories at rest, we need to have more muscle, but in order to have more muscle, we need to allow our bodies time to rest to build up that muscle. (insert mind-blown emoji here)

But what about the fitness influencers who share their 6-7 day per week workout routine?

99 times out of 100, those influencers either exercise for a living, are paid to do so, or are not speaking to the unhealthy side of their fitness habits. Look, if it was my JOB to work out, yeah I’d be in the gym 6 days a week like the top CrossFitters too, but they make up such a small percentage of the population that their training style is quite literally – not achievable.

Let me circle back to my point earlier: be cautious and be curious. Ask yourself the validity behind some statements you are seeing and ask curious questions about how and WHY they work out as much as they do.

oh ps: they probably also have an incredible recovery team because well, as paid athletes… they can afford it (:

Sooo… What should YOU do?

Honestly: what feels best for you, but if you’re not sure, here’s my wide lens suggestion (in a day-by-day timeline) of a weekly routine that could be adopted by the average exerciser 🙂

*if you’re looking for more detailed suggestions, email me at lifeofcarlyb@gmail.com subject line: “Fitness Plan”

  • Monday: high-intensity workout or circuit training ~ 45 min time
  • Tuesday: strength training ~ 30-40 min + mobility ~ 10 min
  • Wednesday: ACTIVE REST – walk, yoga, stretch, or other low-intensity activities (still move your body)
  • Thursday: strength training (different body part) ~ 30-40 min + mobility ~ 10 min
  • Friday: strength training (different body part again OR fully body) ~ 45 min
  • Saturday: high-intensity workout or circuit training ~ 45 min
  • Sunday: ACTIVE REST – walk, yoga, stretch, or other low-intensity activities (still move your body)

And let’s talk about that recovery again before we wrap up

I mentioned that there are Principles of Exercise, and that there are also Principles of recovery. Let’s name a few principles of recovery to focus on
-Sleep
-Hydration
-Nutrition
-Stretching
-Active recovery

I’d argue that more important than your workout efforts are your efforts towards these 5 pieces listed above. Your sleep, hydration, nutrition, stretching (mobility of the body) and active recoveries (natural movement of the body) are SO important not only to reaching your goals but to living a healthy and pain-free life!So now you’re ready to work out smarter not harder, correct? Still not sure where to start? Take my “Find Your Exercise Personality Quiz” her

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Find your exercise personality

So now you’re ready to work out smarter not harder, correct? Still not sure where to start? Take my “Find Your Exercise Personality Quiz” here!

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