Three Fitness Myths Busted
By Michelle Hoeing Bauche, MS RDN LD CSOWN
Starting a fitness journey can be intimidating for anyone, especially for bariatric patients. That’s why your best weapon for success is good information. You’ll find with the right information you can set the record about what works and what doesn’t work. There are several misconceptions about exercise and how it plays a role in your weight loss. But don’t worry—I am going to clear up a few of these fitness myths right now:
Myth #1: You need to work for hours to see results:
Yes, exercising for longer amounts at a time will burn more calories. However, especially for beginners, any amount of exercise is better than none! Even if it is just walking for 10 minutes 3 times throughout the day, that can be just as good as spending 30 minutes on the treadmill. Instead of working longer, try to add in short bouts of higher intensity physical activity. As long as you are moving your body in some way, it is positively affecting your body.
Myth #2: You must belong to a gym in order to exercise:
Remember than exercise can be incorporated into everyday activities. Try to make it fun and interesting! Dancing, swimming, and playing with your children or grandchildren are all different ways to get your heart rate up without feeling like you’re performing that dreaded exercise you dislike. In order to incorporate more activity into your day, try standing while doing activities you typically do sitting. Chair exercises while sitting at your desk or while watching TV are other great ways to get your body moving when it normally isn’t. You can also use household equipment in place of typical exercise equipment – try lifting soup cans or milk jugs in place of dumbbells!
Myth #3: Losing pounds is the most effective way to track progress:
If the number on the scale is not what you expected or hoped it would be, don’t be discouraged. There are many other ways to track your progress. Inches lost or muscle mass gained, are other ways to see changes without actually losing weight. Remember that muscle weighs more than fat so the more physically active you are the more muscle you could be building. Oftentimes people tend to become too fixed on the number on the scale, and are often disappointed when the number refuses to move. Our body weight can fluctuate a few founds on a daily basis. Instead of focusing on the number, focus on how you feel!