“Do crunches to get a six pack. Have a protein shake to build muscle fast.”
There are a lot of myths going around that can cause great confusion about the athletic community. While there’s always some truth to such myths, in their majority they are deceiving and should be debunked. Let’s begin.
Myth: Cardio workouts burn muscle
It is said doing cardio exercise like jogging and running on the treadmill will prevent you from building muscle. Is this true or false? False.Cardio won’t be an enemy to your muscle building efforts if you opt for bouts of exercising rather than longer endurance sessions. However, if you do a lot of cardio and your diet is poor you will eventually lose muscle mass. Our bodies are smart enough to know better when something seems off. If you are following a crash diet plan or if you’re running 15 miles a day, you will lose muscle mass. Just keep your cardio in check.
Myth: Jump rope workouts damage your knees
Exercising with a speed rope won’t hurt your knees if you do it correctly. Make sure your technique is impeccable, and jump rope workouts will be your go-to cardio and fat-loss workout.
Tips to ensure safety for your body:
Wear aerobic shoes with reinforced toe support and cushioning for the balls of your feet.
Use a jump rope on a soft surface. Cushioned flooring is ideal. Avoid asphalt, concrete and hardwood flooring at all costs!
Do a thorough jump rope warm-up before getting into more challenging jump rope techniques.
Don’t jump higher than you need to, especially in the first few minutes of your workout. It’s advised to jump about an inch off the ground.
Never jump with stiff legs. Always bend your knees so that they won’t absorb all the pressure from the jump.
Remember to land on the balls of your feet, not your heels.
These tips list the ideal form for a sore-free workout with a skipping rope.
Myth: Crunches give you a six pack
There’s no way you can target fat loss on your belly or any other body part. Doctors assert that fat loss is a process supported by exercising and a healthy diet. Crunches won’t get you the six pack you desire but a diet of reduced fat intake will. Your crunches simply tone and strengthen your abdominal muscles. To lose the layer on top of them, you need better dieting.
Myth: No pain, no gain
Exercising doesn’t have to be torturous to be effective. Yes, you might see athletes boasting how they exercise 5-6 hours a day but that doesn’t mean the more you exercise and the more your body hurts, the better the results may be.Muscle soreness is acceptable, even desired when exercising, but feeling pain in your joints, back or anywhere in your body is proof of bad technique and might signify an injury. Listen to your body. If it hurts, stop.
Myth: Stretching before a workout is essential
Many mistake stretching with warming up. Before a workout you want your muscles to get active and energized, so you lightly move around to awaken them. If you stretch you are inhibiting your workout’s performance and your overall power.Warm up before your workout or do dynamic stretching. Leave long, thorough stretching for post-workout to let your muscles expand again.