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This week, I am linking up with Kookyrunner and Zenaida for Tuesday Topics and we’re talking about the worst fitness advice we’re ever received. There is definitely some not-so-good advice swirling around in fitness circles sometimes, although I think a lot of the common myths have been debunked.
Here are a few things that always stood out for me:
Carbs are bad for you.
This is a huge misconception and one of my biggest pet peeves. Hello, have you met me? I grew up in the land of bread, potatoes, and noodles and nobody can convince me that carbs are bad for me. It just depends on which kind of carbs you eat and how much. The misconception is that carbs is just white pasta and white bread, but did you know that most vegetables have carbs, too? There is nothing inherently bad about carbs and I’ll always make room for good quality carbs in my diet (and sometimes even the not-so-good kind).
You need to eat protein bars.
A personal trainer at my gym once told me that I needed to eat protein bars as snacks during the day when I am training. Dude, I am not a professional athlete. I don’t train multiple hours per day. This is absolute BS and I am pretty sure he was just trying to sell me stuff. While I have occasionally reached for a protein bar, they’re usually higher calorie than candy bars and you definitely don’t want to snack on them randomly throughout the day. I have used them as a meal replacement or before a more intense workout. And yes, they might be healthier than a candy bar but the calories will add up. If you are not a high-performance athlete, you won’t be able to work those extra calories off.
You need to exercise if you wan to lose weight.
Not exactly. Ever heard the phrase “you can’t out-exercise a bad diet”? It’s mostly true. If you eat shitty, your weight might not budge, even if you work out regularly. Of course, it’s healthy and good for you to move your body every day, but I really believe that you need to clean up your diet and feed your body good, nutritious things, if you want to actually change your body and that number on your scale.
No pain, no gain.
Hard workouts have their place, but more often than not, a workout should feel ‘easy’. Consistency is much more important than maximum effort. And for Peet’s sake, please stop if you’re in any sort of pain. There is no benefit from pushing through a painful workout, you’ll risk injury instead. Now, listen, I said pain, not discomfort from exertion. Those are two different things. Everybody should be in tune with their body and know the difference between actual pain and just discomfort when your brain is telling you to “stop”. You alone know what you’re capable of.
What’s the worst fitness advice you’ve received?