Saturday, December 28, 2013

Pinterest Fitness Myths


Since I've been trying to get back on that fitness grind, I've been frequenting the Health and Fitness section of Pinterest once again.

While a lot of these pins are helpful or motivational, a lot of them contain "facts" that are just plain false.

Here are some of the worst perpetrators. *These are all factually inaccurate!*
100 calories gone! 
That does not burn 100 calories. If an intense 20-minute Jillian Michaels video only burns about 170, there's no way this can be true.

Do this plus Before every shower: 50 jumping jacks, 5 pushups, 20 crunches, 20 mountain climbers, and 30 second plank. So worth it 
This is all kinds of wrong. The whole 3500 calories = 1 pound is not always true because of body type/metabolism, etc. It's different for everyone. And #2-4 are just not factual. It would take less than 20 minutes to do 1000 jumping jacks. That's not going to make you lose a pound. 
Did you know? - Weight Loss Tips ~ Re-Pinned by Crossed Irons Fitness 
You can burn fat at any point during a workout...the whole 30-minute theory is bonkers.
Shape Up: The Off-Limits List (to Your Bikini Body) Could I actually do this? 
I've never tried this, so I can't say for sure that it's a myth. But it goes against my main philosophy for weight loss (moderation!). I don't think you should have to give up anything completely. Plus, even if you did completely give up sugar for a month, that doesn't mean you're going to give up cheese, bread, and french fries. It's all about moderation, friends. No "magic formula" is going to give you a "bikini ready body."
 To me, this is a myth. Losing weight (not "loosing" by the way) helps you feel stronger and more beautiful. But it's not going to make your life 100% better or make all your dreams come true.


As I said, Pinterest is an amazing resource for fitness tips. Just don't believe everything you read! And pin with a critical eye!


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