Although many people might think getting in fit and in shape equals losing weight, but that is not always the case in the real world. Getting in shape really means that any exercise you attempt will be easier to perform and you won’t have to use as much energy compared to doing it if you were out of shape and not physically conditioned. One problem with trying to lose weight through exercise is that over time your body will get used to a specific exercise and you will have to do more and more of that particular exercise to get the same benefits later on. This can lead to excessively long workout sessions that can be hard on different parts of your body. Alternating your exercises can help prevent your body from becoming too efficient at any one mode and will lead to greater health and weight loss benefits overall.
The same problem applies to cardiovascular exercises and weight loss because many people mistakenly assume working out at an elevated heart rate will allow them to burn a lot of fat. Research now clearly shows that high-intensity training in short intervals delivers better overall fitness results than traditional cardio exercises. Long-distance and long session cardio exercises can be beneficial for athletes training for endurance sports, but most regular fitness fans will not really benefit from repeated high-intensity interval exercises, and they probably won’t lose much weight in the process either.
Many athletes and fitness buffs used to think that carbohydrate loading before physical workouts was a good idea. Now research has shown that carb loading with foods like pasta does not really create any extra energy and often results in increased fat storage instead. Your body will get greater benefits from a balance of lean protein meat along with whole-grain products and vegetables to provide more nutrients.
Another common fatness and fitness misconception is using spot training exercises to target weight loss in a particular problem area of the body, like the belly or thighs. Although many television advertisements may claim this is possible, spot exercises really will not burn off fat in one specific area of the body very effectively. You will burn off far more fat by performing workout routines that work the whole body to build core strength. Exercises and devices that claim to promote weight loss by building up your Ab muscles are often a bit exaggerated too. You might be able to build stronger Abs by doing 300 sit-ups a day, but working your entire back and abdomen muscles with regular core exercises is more effective for weight loss.
Working out at home or in the gym can be highly effective if you employ workouts that build overall strength and increase the metabolism. The use of proper exercise forms in the right amount is the key to getting in shape and losing weight without sacrificing your health or safety.