Are you doing your best during each workout and still see no results? If so, you should bear in mind you’re not alone. So, what’s wrong? Chances are you believe some (of many) misconceptions about fitness. To help you out, here are some of the most common fitness misconceptions you should stop believing.
- Beginners need a perfect fitness program
There are multiple fitness programs to choose from nowadays. You have the opportunity to opt for the program that suits you the most. However, beginners are usually led to believe they need an ideal fitness program if they want to achieve their goals. That’s not entirely correct; in fact, it depends on you. Some people need more discipline, and it’s easier for them to adhere to a certain schedule. Others find it overwhelming.
When you start improving physical activity levels or working towards a certain body goal, you shouldn’t focus on finding a perfect fitness program. Instead, do different exercises, consult a fitness trainer, and as you gain more experience, you’ll know what works for you and what doesn’t.
- You need supplements
Dietary supplements are made of natural ingredients that promise to help you reach your desired results, faster. They have become extremely popular, which is why it is not uncommon for people to use them, thinking they can’t succeed without extra assistance. Bear in mind that the primary purpose of supplements is to deliver much-needed vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients to your body.
Food is half the fight and if you have a well-balanced diet containing a variety of nutrients, then you don’t really need to take supplements. Of course, you can take them if you want, but your fitness success doesn’t depend on them.
- You can out-train a bad diet.
Regardless of your goal (weight loss/management, defined abs, building muscles, etc.), your success depends on physical exercise AND a healthy diet. Unfortunately, most people assume that if they exercise regularly, they don’t need to watch what they eat. That’s not how it works!
Without an adequate diet, you won’t have the physical endurance to push through tough workouts. Food fuel for your body, and making unhealthy choices depletes energy levels, which are necessary for your training. Most importantly, unhealthy food choices make you feel slow and less motivated to exercise.
- There’s always next year
This is one of those misconceptions that people tell themselves when they ditch their New Year’s resolution. Every January, millions of people around the world promise themselves they’ll be more active, lose weight, exercise regularly, and have a healthier lifestyle. They do stick to that resolution for a few weeks and then ditch it or decide to “take it slow” because the year is long.
But, the year proves not to be that long, and they are convinced there’s always next year. They firmly believe they’ll succeed and enter a vicious circle. Exercise even when (especially when) it’s difficult because that’s when your biggest breakthrough is made.
One of the main reasons why people don’t achieve their fitness goals is because they believe in myths or misconceptions that are slowing them down. It’s crucial to seek the truth and avoid misconceptions that can slow your progress and lead to mistakes. You got this, now go!