3 Common Exercise Myths Debunked
A new year brings hope of a new start. Many people have personal, professional, and health-related goals they wish to achieve this year. “New year, new me” quotes are everywhere you look, which often motivates us to add exercise to our list of New Year’s resolutions. Exercise, chiropractic care, and healthy eating habits are great habits to implement when it comes to improving your overall health. However, there are a lot of myths about exercising you may not be aware of. So, to get the best “bang for your buck” when it comes to how you spend your time at the gym (or wherever you work out), Vitality Precision Chiropractic is here to help debunk some of the most common exercise myths. In so doing, you may avoid pain and injury while getting the most out of your new exercise routine.
Myth #1: You can eat whatever you want as long as you exercise.
Although it may feel like you have burned enough calories for a large bacon cheeseburger after an intense 30-minute workout, you more than likely burned enough to just cover the bun. This is why it is important to consider the importance of combining a healthy diet with exercise. You’ve probably heard that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet and that abs are made in the kitchen. These are both completely true. A combination of healthy carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and lean protein are important parts of a healthy diet and provide the body with the nutrition it needs to function as it should. The combination of exercise, healthy eating, and regular chiropractic care are great ways to help you reach your health and wellness goals.
Myth #2: Cardio is better than weight lifting.
Cardio and strength training are both necessary for better health. Aerobic exercises such as walking, running, and cycling are great for the cardiovascular system. Weight lifting or strength training using your body weight will help improve muscle mass and also reduce body fat. The more muscle your body has, the more calories it burns. Weight lifting strengthens the bones and helps prevent diseases such as osteoporosis. Regular visits to your chiropractors at Vitality Precision Chiropractic will help you avoid injuries since any misalignments in the spine can affect your ability to maintain good form while lifting.
Myth #3: You must feel sore after a workout for it to work.
“No pain, no gain” isn’t always the case when it comes to working out. Muscles don’t always get sore after exercise, so if you don’t feel discomfort after your workout, it doesn’t mean it was in vain. As the body adapts to certain exercises and gets stronger, the post-training pain usually decreases. If you experience discomfort or worsening pain during your exercise program, you may need to change your routine. Also, be sure to keep your regular appointment with Dr. Brendan Shanahan and Dr. Thomas Madigan.
A full-body approach is the best way to achieve and maintain good health. A healthy diet, frequent exercise, good stress management, and regular chiropractic care will go a long way toward achieving better health. Rochester Hills chiropractors Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan would love to come alongside you on your journey to better health. Contact us today at Vitality Precision Chiropractic to find out more about how chiropractic care, along with exercise, can help you reach your health and fitness goals.