Five Fitness & Health Tips Busted!

Good morning and Happy Saturday! We actually saw the SUN yesterday! We are expecting to see it again today as soon as the heavy fog lifts. I wanted to show you these fabulous Oakley Commit SQ Mellow Yellow sunglasses I won from Angie’s blog. I wanted to show them to you, but my blog and/or internet is not cooperating. Ugh. I love them and can’t wait to wear them more often. Thankfully we are supposed to see the sun quite a bit this week. I will try to get a picture in them and show you. Thanks Angie!

Now, on to a fabulous guest post I think you will like. Five health and fitness tips – BUSTED.

Busted! 5 Fitness & Health Tips That May Make You Cry

This article was authored by Sergeant Michael Volkin, best-selling author of military books and inventor of Strength Stack 52 bodyweight fitness cards.

Myth: The more ab exercises I do, the skinnier my waist will be.

BUSTED: Doing stomach exercises can strengthen your abdominal muscles, but it won’t burn body fat to give you that 6-pack you’re after. If you want your ab muscles to show, you need to either be naturally skinny or embrace a diet low in carbohydrates and high in proteins with a decent helping of healthy fats and fruits and vegetables.

Myth: My diet includes diet soda, it’s zero calories so it has to be good for me.

BUSTED: According to a recent University of Texas study, drinking just two or more cans a day accelerated waistline expansion by 500%. The artificial sweeteners disrupt the body’s ability to regulate calorie intake. In other words, your body is being tricked into thinking it’s ingesting sugar, so you crave more food and as a result, eat more food than you would have without drinking the soda.

Myth: By working out, I can convert fat into muscle.

BUSTED: You cannot convert fat into muscle as they are completely different. In fact, when working out it is best to focus on either losing fat or gaining muscle. In order to gain muscle, you have to eat more calories than you burn and, in order to lose body fat, you must burn more calories than you consume.

Myth: Cardio is more important for fat loss than weight lifting.

BUSTED: You will definitely burn calories completing a cardio workout, but to lose weight your primary concern should be muscle loss. Muscles make it easier for your body to prevent fat gain. Your body will burn more calories maintaining muscle than maintaining fat. In other words, the more muscle you build, the more calories your body will burn each day. The less muscle you have the lower your metabolism. A great weight loss program should focus on (in this order) your caloric intake, weight training and then cardio.


Myth: Stretching before a workout prevents injury and increased my performance.

BUSTED: I know, you grew up stretching before a workout or sporting event because your coach or parents told you it was beneficial. You were probably told that stretching prevents injury, when in fact, the opposite is true. Recent studies show that stretching before a workout will weaken the muscle by up to 30%. By elongating your muscles before strenuous exercise you actually may be increasing the risk of injury. Instead of stretching before a workout, get your blood flowing through your muscles with some low impact cardio for 5 to 10 minutes. Stretching after a workout is great and still proves to be beneficial.

With your new-found knowledge of health and fitness, grab yourself a deck of my new invention, Strength Stack 52 bodyweight fitness cards.

Any of these surprise you? What health and fitness tip would you care to share with everyone today?

Enjoy your day! I am off to the grocery store!


10 Responses to “Five Fitness & Health Tips Busted!”

  1. Great myths to be busted! I especially resonate with the ab exercises to get a skinnier waist. Strong core muscles are really important, but just ab exercises aren’t going to make you lose weight! Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is great stuff! One thing I definitely never knew before is the difference in calorie intake/burn ratio that you need to lose fat to gain muscle.

    I just wanted add to the tip stretching after a workout something I learned from my days as a dancer – when you do that after-workout stretch, hold the stretch for at least 30 seconds, and preferably a minute, to get the most lasting benefit for your muscles and joints while they’re nice and warm. More flexibility, more power potential, and less chance of injury next time you work out, not to mention as you age.

    • Glenneth

      You are so right about stretching. I, for one, need to incorporate stretching into my workout (after of course).

  3. AWESOME post!!!! I’m sharing this on my FB page for sure. Great way to start a Saturday, getting educated!

  4. Great post, although that last one is still debateable. I see studies with proof on both sides. 🙂 I listen to my body on this one and sometimes do light stretching to get things moving.

  5. Great tips! I have to say though; I think that “loosening” up your muscles before a workout is critical. Perhaps not ALL OUT stretching, but if I don’t loosen my muscles, they tense up and cause pain!