7 Myths That Stand in Your Way to Fitness
As someone who has been involved in the fitness and health industry for almost 20 years, I have
a lot to share. My point here is simply that I have seen it all and then have seen it repeat – with a different label and package. I am happy to share with you 7 myths that could be standing in your way to fitness. Let’s get you on the path to sustainable holistic healthy living.
We live in a world of information overload which can create paralysis by analysis and cognitive
overload. We also habitate a place that perpetuates falsehoods for ‘likes’ which exacerbates the
unproductive living conditions listed above. With this being said, let me please ease some of the
stressors that may be holding you back from your best self by breaking the barriers caused by
1. If it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t work.
This is a big myth that gets perpetuated by extremists or just those who enjoy
taking it to that place. You do need to put in effort and be uncomfortable, but that
doesn’t mean being in debilitating pain for days. Some slight stiffness or mild
muscle pain within 24-72hrs of training is pretty normal. You should still be able to
function and move properly throughout your day even within that time frame or you
did too much too fast, too soon and continuously doing that will hinder, not help
2. You know what you’re doing. You don’t know what you’re doing.
It is extremely important to trust yourself and to listen to your body but far too often people think they know what that means when it comes to healthy results with exercise and nutrition. Things are not as complicated for YOU as they need to be or are made out to be by sources of media or even professionals promoting their products or services. On the flipside, far too often people get caught up in details that they think they know but don’t (really, how is what you know and have been doing working for you?) or even more so, are actually ready for.
Adding in all kinds of complexities to any fitness or nutrition plan is not going to help you be consistent with a protocol. The majority of your efforts need to be on learning and implementing the basics consistently over a period of time beyond 3 days or a week. Sorry but it is true.
A common fault is to get too caught up in numbers and time too. If you are programmed to do 6-10 repetitions of an exercise that doesn’t necessarily mean stop at 10 just because. There are other things involved to making progress and or in preventing injuries. Couple this detail with the timed regenerative periods between sets. The numbers are not always spot on and you may need less or more recovery time between sets depending on how you show up that day and the goal. This is a good time to listen to your body for signs of fatigue and by fatigue I don’t just mean heart rate and panting.
I would like to state that often times you are more capable that you think you are so let go of your fears. Also, while form matters greatly, your form for your goal is different than anyone else’s and what you do in training isn’t always as important as what you are doing the other 23 hours if you really want to change. Remember, everyone needs a coach whether you believe it or not.
3. You need supplements or supplements are evil.
Let me start off by saying that supplements are supplements to other things, you shouldn’t rely on them as your sole source of nutrition or for performance or body composition goals. If you are deficient in a particular nutrient, have a specific requirement, or live a lifestyle that doesn’t allow for ‘perfect nutritional intake’ (which doesn’t exist really), that supplements are great! With that being said, there are more supplements that don’t do what they claim, than there are ones that do, so reach out for guidance from those without an agenda beyond helping you. Check out examine.com for some facts to do your own research or reach out if you couldn’t be bothered.
Did you know that even meal replacements or snack bars are considered supplements?
4. You need fancy technology and trendy XYZ equipment.
This is one of my current favourites. I think there are some great new technologies for helping people be proactive and accountable but make sure you are using these technologies correctly and according to your needs. Some people can also use technology as a crutch and tune out to the importance gained through the mind-muscle connection or will miss sessions if they don’t have it. Another thing to be mindful of is whether you find the added technology to be a stressor in that it is complicated, time-consuming, gets in your way or is always failing out. I have seen too many people cheat these things or waste more time playing with them than actually doing the work that matters. Forget it. Rely on YOU and developing your skills and self-awareness first, that is always a win-win!
5. Doing a lot of cardio and bootcamps is the key to changing your metabolism.
This is still something I see happening from the same people who are complaining of sore joints, bad backs and wanting to ‘tone up’. The really unfortunate thing is that many of these people are the ones who have sedentary jobs or are in school sitting most of their days. While there is nothing wrong with cardio and bootcamps, you need to understand if it falls in line with your needs and current to long term goals. If you really want to change your resting metabolic rate, focus on building lean muscle tissue and retaining it coupled with fueling your gut appropriately. If you want to lose fat, focus on proper nutrition for you and your lifestyle. Move a lot every day regardless of what you choose to do…please!
6. Carbs kill you, fat gives you fatty insides, and eating high protein will ruin your bones and give you kidney problems
None of those statements are true except relating to special exceptions. Along with these falsehoods, thinking that one particular food or even worse, ingredient, is destroying your life is most likely not true either. While I am not a scientist, I have spoken with those who are and it seems a consensus that it is almost near impossible to isolate such a variable, especially when it is occurring in the most complex of states – in your living body doing a lot of things every single day. It is time to look at food for what it is and stop panicking so much or treating nutrition like a belief system. We are all very individual and so are our needs.
7. Captain Awesomepants, Movie Man Dee and Singer LALALA got their body from that ‘special program so I can too.
There are so many ways to tackle the lie that that is. Not only are you not them, but I am almost certain that you do not have the means to do what they do as you live a normal life of work or school, family obligations etc. etc. Even if you did have their special lives, you do not have the physiology or biology they do. You most likely not have the same budget for personal services they do or have the same drive they do because it is their jobs and they will do whatever it takes. That part about ‘whatever it takes, that can often mean unhealthy means.
Now go DO the things.
Living a life that includes a variety of nutrient dense foods, daily exercise and weekly training sessions mixed in with a good environment, which includes the company you keep, is the greatest gift you can give yourself. When you give these things to yourself, you also give a tremendous gift to others as your energy and motivation will transpire unto others. Keep the points above in mind and get going…NOW. Take the first step by finding someone to guide you or find your one system that works for you and your lifestyle. Every one of us has a way to healthy living that is right for us so if you haven’t found it, keep looking, if you have, keep going!
Let’s connect and get you going or on-going 😉