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Debunking 3 common myths about physical fitness

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Time to get fit?

Confused by bombarding fitness information? What’s truth and what is myth?

I never knew my life as a trainer could be so rewarding and so much fun. I have incredible passion for my work, and after several years in the business, I can honestly say that there are a few questions that I am always asked, and I feel it’s my duty to set the record straight and offer you guys the truth. Helping you conquer some common fitness myths will allow me to better serve you and your fitness goals!

Let’s rid of a few misconceptions together…


Myth #1: “If I do hundreds of crunches a day, my flabby tummy will disappear right?”

Answer: This is something we call “spot reduction” pick a problem area and do every isolating exercise under the sun and pray it goes away. It never works. To help alleviate any “laundry” on your washboard, you have to clean up your diet, lessen alcohol consumption, do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio at least three days a week, weight train and add some resistance to your ab routine. One hundred crunches alone, just won’t “cut” it.

Myth #2: “How long will it take to turn all of my fat into muscle?”

Answer: Muscle and fat are two very different types of tissue. It is physically impossible for one to become the other. In order to stimulate muscle growth, you have to lift heavy things. To burn fat, keep your body moving, and trim your diet. Put both of these points together and you have a winning formula! And be sure to eat a healthful breakfast each day so that your metabolism is turned on and your body’s natural fat burning process has been set in gear.

Myth #3: “I guess I am wasting my time at the gym if I can actually walk after my workouts right?”

Answer: Always using soreness as a measure of training success isn’t a great idea. This could be your body’s way of telling you that you’re overtraining and overstressing your muscles. Hitting a plateau in your regimen isn’t ideal, but debilitating yourself each workout is going to slow you down to a halt soon enough. I’m not saying that some stiffness and soreness is wrong, because you want to feel that you have accomplished an effective workout, but I don’t want you on the market for walkers either! Change your workout routine about every 6 weeks to keep you on track and to offer some new challenges to your muscles.

I hope I have helped to clarify a few common fitness misconceptions for you.If you have any questions or other myths you would like to debunk, post your comments here. We’ll do our best to get back to you here in this space.

Remember to train hard, eat smart, and keep your eye on the prize! You CAN do this! Watch for the top vitamin supplements for men’s optimal health!

That’s coming up next on the Fitness Lab…

Shawna L. Hamilton B.A.,BKin.,H.D

Welcome to the Fitness Lab at HeadsUpDad

Hey guys!

Welcome to Headsup Dad, the latest and greatest online community of highly engaged and active dads! My name is Shawna Hamilton, and I run the FitnessLab here at Headsup Dad HQ.

Because our daily lives are typically very busy, it is easy to sympathize and to understand how getting in shape and staying fit may have slipped to the lower end of our priority list. In addition, our hectic pace begins racing even more with the introduction of kids and modern family life. I totally get it. But it is still no excuse for not making your personal fitness an important goal!

As you achieve improved health in both mind and body, you’ll notice how much better you are at addressing the myriad of challenges facing your life as a busy and active dad. Chances are, if you are reading this, you know this already and are wanting to learn how to do more. And how to do it more efficiently.

Rest assured, you’re in good hands my friends. It is my purpose to be here to help you.

Here within the pages of the FitnessLab,  I will be offering you expert guidance, opinions, critique and advice about overall health and wellness, with a specific focus on physical fitness. In fact, I will aim to cover all aspects of health. Including workout tips and tricks, diet and nutrition inclusive of vitamins and minerals and other supplements geared towards men’s health. You can believe that if its related to health and fitness, you’ll find it here.

So please join me in the FitnessLab, lets have some fun, get in shape and look good and feel better. If a healthy, engaged and active fatherhood is what you’re after, it all starts here!

I look forward to addressing your qualms and queries and also to kicking your butt!