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Fitness Fads - Do They Work?

Fitness Fads - Do They Work?

Posted on: Monday, November 4, 2019 - 10:35

Fitness fads have been around forever. Each year there are new claims to help you look and feel your best, but are they true?

Below is a list of some of the most popular fads that are not worth your time or money.

Claim #1:
You can lose a large amount of weight in a short period of time.
The Facts:
This myth has been around for a very long time. If you just take this meal replacement, shake, supplement or pill, you can burn off a size or two in a couple of weeks. Sorry, this kind of weight loss is not only unsustainable, it can be dangerous. If you’re aiming to lose weight and keep it off, you should aim for between one and two pounds per week. Slow and steady wins the race in this case.

Claim #2:
If you participate in this advertised fitness program, you’ll get the promised results.
The Facts:
There is no such thing as a “one size fits all” fitness program. People are individual with different needs based on a number of factors. What are your goals? Do you have any fitness experience? How fit are you currently? Have you had any health issues or injuries? What activities do you like? How old are you? Are you male or female? If a program doesn’t ask at least two or three of these questions, it’s not even trying to meet your needs.

Claim #3:
Exercise sessions of just 15 minutes (or less) can get you fit.
The Facts:
Nope. As much as we’d all love for this to be true, you can’t reach your fitness goals in only 15 minute sessions, even if you do them daily. Your body just doesn’t work that way.

Claim #4:
Instagram promotes fitness products and exercises that work so everyone can look perfect.
The Facts:
Instagram is a visual social media outlet. Meaning, everyone is going to present themselves in a way that makes them look their very best. When you search #fitness, you’ll see lots of examples of this. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there and almost no education. Influencers go to a great deal of effort to look perfect so they can sell sponsored products; remember, they’re getting paid for that.

Claim #5:
Using a “waist trainer” compression corset while working out will give you an hourglass figure.
The Facts:
These 100% do not work. Actually, these tight garments can weaken core muscles, hurt your ribs, and give you acid reflux while working out. Yuck! No matter what social media stars (are paid to) say, waist trainers are only a waste of money.

Claim #6:
Exercise works best when it hurts. No pain, no gain.
The Facts:
Muscle soreness and pain are two different things. Muscle soreness after a hard workout can happen. But pain while you are working out is a totally different thing. Pain is a signal telling you something is wrong; it is not normal. Not only that, pain will set you up for injury which defeats the purpose of exercise in the first place. You should not have to push through physical pain to achieve your goals.

Claim #7:
You don’t need any special training to be a personal trainer. You just need a lot of experience in athletics and a passion for fitness.
The Facts:
Would you use a doctor, dentist or mechanic who had no credentials? No way! Trainers should, at minimum, have certification from a recognized governing body. Better yet, a degree in kinesiology, physical education or a diploma in fitness training gives trainers a deep understanding of the human body and how it works; and, they may also have specific expertise in areas like weight loss or sports training. If you’re going to pay someone to coach you, why not expect quality?

Claim #8:
A low-carb or no-carb diet helps you lose weight and gives you more energy.
The Facts:
The truth is, cutting out one entire food group that your body uses for energy will cause weight loss, but not for very long. Unless you have a very specific medical condition, carbs alone won’t make you overweight. Plus, good carbs provide important healthy nutrients you might not be able to get elsewhere.

So, the takeaway from these facts? Be smart about your fitness! If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If it sounds gimmicky, it likely doesn’t work. Science, balance, and expert advice are the tried and true solutions. Have questions? Feel free to ask any Westside Fitness staff person. We are always happy to help you.

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