If you are new to your health journey, there are some things you should know...
Not everything you see out there is going to be the healthiest for you or work for you and your goals. You are unique and so will your journey be to get there.
It's important to understand some clichés that have been shared over the years so that you have a better understanding of what to avoid when it comes to your own journey.
The top 5 we are going to go over below.
1. No pain, no gain.
It's been a long time standing that many love that feeling of being sore. While that is a great feeling to have and makes you feel accomplished, you should also not be in so much pain that you physically can't move and where it is hindering your own immune system in the process.
Being some what sore is okay, but you also need to take into account on how to help your body to recover to prevent injuries too.
Plenty of water, sleep, and healthy foods to get all of the nutrients your body needs is key.
2. Weight training makes women look manly.
With me being a personal trainer myself, I have women who say, "I want to looked toned, but not manly."
I get it..... but those women who you have seen "bulk up" actually had to eat and train for years in a very specific way in order to achieve that. If you do weight training, you are not all of a sudden going to look manly and the chances of that ever happening is very slim unless you have that goal.
Women don't have testosterone like men do, so it is incredibly hard to achieve.
You do have to work your muscles to have more definition, but as long as you are in maintenance calories or in a slight deficit you are never going to "bulk up".
3. Ab exercises creates a flat stomach.
This one always gets me. Abs are actually made in the kitchen.
You can workout your abs all day which will strengthen them and shape the muscles, but it will not get rid of any fat in your mid-section. That all comes from what you eat and how much you eat in a day.
There is no such thing as spot reducing. Abs show up as a by-product of lowering your body fat percentage overtime until you can see them.
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4. A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.
How about no?? This saying definitely is not true. It's not that everything you eat that is bad will automatically go right to your hips and stay there forever.
It's what you do and eat consistently will.
It is always about calories in versus calories out at the end of the day. If you are burning off slightly more calories than what you are consuming in a day, then you will still be able to lose.
It's not that you have to get rid of all of the foods that you love either. Everything in moderation. One of the things that I teach all of my clients how to do.
5. Unless you puke, faint, or die - Keep going!
Yikes.... You should not have to be a slave to your workout routine and killing yourself in the gym just to burn calories. There is a thing called over-training too.
You have to learn how to listen to your body (and I don't mean the excuses you tell yourself), whether that means you are tired, sore, or something doesn't feel right.
A good Certified Personal Trainer will know your fitness level and help you to get you to where you want to be using progressions in your workouts.
Throwing you into a workout that wasn't meant for you, or someone telling you to keep going when it doesn't feel right is WRONG!
There are many more clichés out there, but these are the main ones to avoid.
When it comes to your health and fitness, please be mindful of these.
One of our passions here at Top Knot Strong is creating healthy and balanced plans for all of our clients through the Top Knot Strong Academy.
We know what it is like to struggle in reaching your goals. Trying all sorts of diets and plans that never seem to stick or see any significant results.
This Academy is 12 weeks long and we work with you one-on-one to help you learn how to workout and eat for your goals without giving up all of the foods that you love.
All to help you to be confident in your plan and the results you will get from putting in the work.
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