We all want to feel like our time was well spent at the gym, but what you might not know is that you might be looking at the wrong signs when assessing how well you’ve worked out.
There are some common misconceptions of what it actually is to work out effectively, it is quite tempting to measure how hard we have exercised by looking at how much we’ve sweat or if we’ve spent 3 hours at the gym, but it might not be true.
Myth 1: Your muscles must sore
Not all workouts will make your muscles sore, only the ones that are meant to build muscle strength, and even so, the body can amplify pain due to poor sleep or stress. Instead, you should focus on how well you feel after doing exercise.
Myth 2: You must sweat a lot
Our bodies sweat to release heat, and when we exercise our body uses energy –during that process we create heat. Many things can make you sweat though, your clothes, the weather, genetic predispositions and it might also depend on how hydrated you are. Instead, check your heart rate, if it is elevated, you are doing a good job.
Myth 3: You have to work out for at least an hour
Any amount of exercise is better than none. Of course, there are benefits to working out for an hour or longer, but the truth is that you have to do what works for you. You might choose to walk, ride your bike or playing in the pool.
Myth 4: Feeling sick
Some believe that when you work out at high intensities, it is normal to throw up or feel a burning sensation from your lungs. This is not true at all, this is a sign that you are overburden and unable to continue. And if you feel a burning sensation coming from your lungs, you should definitely consult a doctor, it is an indication that your bronchioles are inflamed and the airflow is restricted.
Always make sure to focus on how you feel, what feels right for you.
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