#2 Fitness Myth Fail : Stretching Pre workout

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Yet another published almost truth!
It’s been known since the early 90’s that Pre exercise stretching does not prevent injuries.
It’s also accepted that stretching a cold muscle is worse for performance than not stretching at all.
What benefit do we get from stretching? It allows an instructor to observe and evaluate a client.
Dynamic stretches are a great way to warmup before a workout, when done properly.

So, here is the myth – as is- followed by my comments…..
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#2 Myth: Stretch Before You Work Out
Stretching before working out actually weakens your muscles by 30%. Pre-game stretching could actually increase your risk of injury. You are better off doing your stretching after a workout; try lifting some light weights to warm up, or doing a little walking before cardio.

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Post Exercise stretching – always a sensible part of your workout. To allow your muscles to return to their Pre-exercise condition/length. Longer, held stretches to increase flexibility and support joint mobility must be a good ides.

Using light weights to warm-up should only EVER follow a series of mobility exercises. It’s a good idea to practise your chosen routine with a reduced load – but just picking up light weights and going for it is poor preparation – unless of course your workouts are not really that challenging.

Fitness Myth FAIL #1

FAIL- I found this series of misleading articles- due mainly to misinterpretation of basic terms and superficial understanding.
Here’s the first

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#1 Myth: Exercise Is Important For Weight Loss
THEY SAY-
Several clinical studies have shown that exercise does not correlate with weight loss. Diet is a much more crucial factor for weight loss. People who exercise and then reward themselves with extra calories will find themselves getting frustrated.
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I SAY-
What a misleading statement! I would expect this advice to come from a slimming club and someone selling low or very low calorie meal replacements.

Exercise is essential for health and weight control, however SCALE WEIGHT is not the problem. Body Composition is the KEY.
It is only possible to maintain a healthy body, one that carries a healthy amount of body fat, with balanced nutrition AND daily activity.
Reducing calories alone NEVER gives sustainable, healthy weight loss. Your weightloss hormones will see to that.
Diets only work when you cheat. So a trip to the chip shop or cake shop after your weekly weigh in will keep you on track!
Many studies have shown that exercise can depress appetite. My clients often have to INCREASE their food intake to get results, balanced nutrition and a stress free future.

Another 19 myths to put right …

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