Category: Monday Myths

Monday Myths – Exercising While Pregnant Is Bad For You

There is still a lot of fear out there stopping pregnant women from exercising. Old tales and outdated pregnancy books advice women against physical activity. In this article we bust the most common myths to put all your fitness worries to rest.

IT IS OKAY TO EXERCISE 

Not so long ago, women were urged to cut down or even avoid exercise during pregnancy. Today we know different but there are still mixed information leaving women confused about what they can and can’t do. The truth is, prenatal exercise is not only safe, but also beneficial to both mom and the baby. In fact, experts say that being inactive is the real hazard. It can contribute to excess weight gain,  high blood pressure, aches and a higher risk for gestational diabetes. The benefits of prenatal exercise are undisputed and fitness professionals and pregnant women are finally becoming aware of these. 

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Monday Myths – Eating Little And Often Will Boost Metabolism

Optimal meal frequency is a widely debated topic in the fitness world, but are six small meals really better for your metabolism than traditional three meals? Let’s take a closer look at the common claims people make and the research behind those claims to find out how often you should really eat to achieve your goals.

MYTH: EATING MORE FREQUENTLY WILL INCREASE MY METABOLISM

You’ve probably heard the advice that it is better to be eating throughout the day. Many people believe that eating small meals more frequently keeps your metabolism humming, prevents hunger, and controls blood sugar. As a result your body burns more calories overall. Sound good, right? Except it may not work that way.

The idea that eating more frequent, smaller meals will boost your metabolism is a persistent myth and research shows that this is simply not true. It is true that our bodies expend certain amount of energy when digesting food. In other words, you burn calories as you eat. This phenomenon is termed as the thermic effect of food (TEF). It amounts to about 20-30% of calories for protein, 5-10% for carbohydrates and 0-3% for fat calories.

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Monday Myths – The Longer The Workout The Better

Most people equate a good workout with long, boring gym sessions that last at least an hour or more. But you don’t need to spend hours in the gym to get in shape. In fact, 30 minute training can be as effective. Find out the benefits of HIIT and why less is more.

LONGER DOES NOT MEAN BETTER 

Conventional aerobic exercise performed at a steady, moderate pace for long periods of time has been considered as the “gold standard” of a successful workout. No wonder you see individuals spending countless hours in the gym, pounding away at the treadmill for 60 minutes at an even speed. I used to be part of this. With the belief that long workouts are better, I’d force myself to stay on the elliptical for a whole hour. I absolutely hated it but did it anyway as I was convinced spending more time working out was the only way to get into a better shape. Not only can this be extremely boring, many of us simply do not have the time to spend hours sweating with weights and machines. Luckily, according to the latest research, we can get away with, and even get better results with shorter workouts.

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Monday Myths – Women Shouldn’t Lift Heavy Or They Will Get Bulky

Many women miss out on the benefits of strength training because of the myth that lifting weights will make them bulky. This article explains why this is not true and provides 8 key benefits weightlifting offers.  

WOMEN DO CARDIO, MEN LIFT

During your visit to the gym, you probably noticed a general trend. Men dominate the weight room while women do cardio. When it comes to female fitness, there is an insulting double standard. Women should be toned but not bulky because it is considered unfeminine. It is no surprise then, most women stay glued to the treadmill, the stationary bike or the elliptical machine to meet society’s narrow standard of female beauty.

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Monday Myths – Why BMI Got It All Wrong

BMI charts are widely used by doctors and insurance companies as a standard determination of fatness and overall health. But how accurate is it really? The simple answer is that B.M.I is a flawed measure of health. This article highlight 3 reasons why BMI got it all wrong and how ShapeScale gets it right.

You are all probably familiar with BMI. Those three letters, which stand for body mass index, have become a proxy for whether a person is considered healthy.

What is BMI, exactly?

Part of its appeal is its simplicity of calculation. BMI measures a person’s height in relation to their weight. It is calculated by taking your weight in kilograms and divided by your height in meters squared. If it falls between 18.5 and 24.9, you’re at a healthy weight. Congratulations! Any number below that means you are underweight, and above the range means you are overweight. 30 or greater is clinically obese. Simple maths, right? Well, according to experts, including the person who invented it, BMI is a deeply flawed measure of health.

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