Common Big Little Lies told in Fitness
I don't know about you, but I find it incredibly frustrating when there are so many different opinions and theories out there to do with the wonderful world of fitness. Now that we have 24/7 access to the interwebs, any Tom, Dick or Matootles can make something up and call it science. I promise I'm not making these up though... To celebrate the release of HBO's new show "Big Little Lies" that premieres on SoHo on SKY on Feb 26th at 8:30pm, and will be on NEON the following day, I've teamed up with SKY to debunk any common myths in a world I know a little bit about - fitness.
1) You can't spot-reduce fat. I'm still upset that this is true. You can't actually choose where you lose weight. For example, I find that I hold most of my weight in my legs and thighs, so I used to do endless squats and lunges to try and lose fat in that area (to no avail). Or you may know someone who only does sit ups to get abs? Unfortunately, the only way you are going to see your abs is to reduce your overall body fat percentage through nutrition and exercise. Everybody is different and we all hold on to fat in different places, you just need to look after yourself consistently and wait patiently.
2) The longer you workout, the more fat you burn. Not 100% true... Great right?! We are all super busy, and I know sometimes it's hard to try and fit in exercise, but what about if it was only 10 or 15 minutes? A recent study published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal concludes, “A simple, fast, high-intensity workout — finished in as little as seven minutes — will produce many of the same benefits as a good run and trip to the weight room.” Furthermore, according to The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, “Several short workouts throughout the day are proven to be just as effective as one long duration workout.” It's totally up to the individual, as I still enjoy going for a run, or pumping iron with the bros at the gym, but it's good to know that there are other ways to stay in shape, depending on your goals.
3) Do you even lift? Remember when Instagram first started, and all of a sudden all of these fitness pages sprung up from nowhere, and everyone became obsessed with squats and deadlifts, and lifting as heavy as possible at the gym? I remember too, as I was one of them! Of course, it totally depends on your goals and what you want to get out of working out, but I don't feel it's necessary to have veins popping out of your neck whilst trying to lift a barbell. Especially if your technique is off, you can do some real damage to your body. These days I'm all about functional body weight exercises with a little more cardio thrown in. I find it's the easiest on my body and I get the results I'm after. And of course, the best exercise for you, is the one you can continue throughout your lifetime.
4) If you're not sweating your ass off, you didn't work hard enough. I don't believe this either. Sometimes I like a good sweat-a-thon, but a lot of the time I like to go for a walk, or do yoga, or do a light workout at the gym. I don't think there's anything wrong with that at all, and if you're consistent with it, you will see results. They may be slower than if you sweat your ass off every day, but I'm OK with that.
I'm all about making life simpler, and making exercise easier to fit into everyday life, so I hope debunking some of these Big Little Lies that we hear far too often will help with that. Right, I'm off to enjoy some tv watching now and I’ll exercise later!
The New Zealand premiere of Big Little Lies is on SoHo on SKY 8.30pm Sunday 26 February, and it’s also available express on NEON from 27 February – if you don’t have NEON already, get started with a 30 day free trial here http://bit.ly/2ld9TdL