5 muscle myths busted

Some things are not what they seem. This fit tip tackles five classic myths about muscle.

>>> this is a repost from 2012 <<<

Myth #1: Cardio is best to burn fat

While cardio burns more calories than resistance training during your workout, lifting weights burns more fat overall. In a study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, women who did a strength workout burned more calories in the 24 hours afterward than those who skipped the weights. The more muscle you have, the more fat you burn.

Myth #2


The 10 undeniable truths of fitness

The 10 undeniable truths of fitness

A recent Time Magazine article made a case for not having regular exercise in your life and stated that exercise has absolutely nothing to do with weight loss and weight control. The author wrote that the more he exercised, the greater his appetite, the more he ate and the more weight he gained. To have a personal experience like this is one thing, but to make the assumption that exercise makes you fat couldn’t be less true or more irresponsible. Fitness is important to virtually every aspect of your life, and can play a big role in weight loss.

An important measure of your heart’s health

It would not be uncommon among a group of guys, for one of the men who’s been lifting weights to build his biceps, to push up his sleeves, lift and bend his arms, tighten his fists, and flex his biceps. Showing off the results of all that hard work in the gym. Too bad we can’t do the same type of thing to demonstrate the strength and size of our heart. People tend to forget that the heart is a muscle too, and it responds to exercise the same way other muscles do, by getting bigger and stronger. A well trained heart can be 30 to 40 percent…

Breathe right when exercising and lower your heart rate

Differences in breathing between men and women – Even when the smaller physical size of women is taken into account, their lungs are still smaller than men’s. Women also have narrower airways (breathing tubes), which means it’s harder to move air in and out of the lungs. Because women are unable to ‘heavy breathe’ as well as men in response to strenuous exercise, research has shown that many women may experience a drop in the amount of oxygen in their blood and a corresponding increase in their breathlessness.

Avoid putting on those extra holiday pounds

It’s commonly thought that the typical holiday weight gain is around 5 pounds. In reality, it’s probably less. The catch, though, is that even a small holiday weight gain is seldom lost — adding to the cumulative weight gain that happens over time for most adults. Between the colder weather, shortened daylight hours, and seemingly endless indulgent holidays (from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day), there’s no question that winter creates a perfect storm for weight gain.