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Five fitness myths debunked

There are a lot of myths that float around the fitness world; many are harmless but can still lead you to develop unnecessary and time-consuming habits in your quest for fitness. Today we debunk a few of the most popular ones.

1. Not feeling sore after a workout? No problem! Soreness should not be used as a measure of how effective your workout was. As your body gets stronger and your muscles adapt to the different workouts, you are less and less likely to feel muscle soreness, even when you work out intensely.

2. Ab exercises are great for strengthening your core but all the sit-ups in the world will not give you a trim waist or a six pack. You cannot spot reduce fat. Instead, work on having a health calorie-controlled diet to reduce the fat around your newly strengthened torso.

3. Drinking lemon water in the morning has benefits such as promoting hydration, increasing your vitamin C intake and helping with digestion but it does not melt away fat. Fat is produced when excess calories are broken down and stored by our bodies for reserve energy. Reduce your calories to reduce your fat percentage.

4. Fasted workouts do not burn more fat than fed workouts. Fasted workouts may work for people who are early risers or who have trouble eating first thing in the morning. However, the number of calories or the fat loss you experience will not be affected by whether or not you are exercising on an empty stomach.

5. Protein consumed after a workout does help with muscle recovery however if you are eating enough protein throughput the day you don’t have to force yourself to chug down a protein shake just to get your protein in within 20-30 minutes of working out.

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