With social media overflowing with exercise ideas and #fitspo experts, new training DVDs being released every week by the latest celebrity who has managed to go from 'fat to 6 pac' in 6 weeks, Personal Trainers walking around topless in all of their pictures and the gym being dominated by posers, we are not surprised that you don't know where to start when it comes to exercise.
So, what is the best form of exercise to do in order to reach your goals and feel great? Here are a few myth busters that we hear of all the time:
'I do not want to lift heavy weights because I do not want to look like a man!' - on the contrary, lifting weights is actually a more efficient way of burning fat stores than running on the treadmill for an hour. Weights make you strong but if there are any ladies worried about looking 'too masculine' after using 2KG dumbbells for curls, have no fear! To get a physique similar to a female bodybuilder, you have to do a LOT more than just lift weights. It involves a strict diet and vigorous cardio training before even thinking about hitting the squat rack. Trust us, weight training for women is a winner! Who doesn't want to look and feel good?
'Sit ups in front of the TV will help me get those washboard abs.' There is no fast track to a 6 pac (unfortunately). Believe it or not, abs are made in the kitchen moreso than in the gym. Doing 100 sit ups a day will make your core stronger but the definition comes as a result of eating nutrient rich foods - protein, carbs and healthy fats. That does not mean that the occasional pizza will undo all of your hard work. Remember, everything is good for you in moderation.
'Cardio is the only form of exercise you can do for free.' We know all too well that gyms can be daunting and overwhelming, especially if you are unsure of what exercise you need to do. Both of us here at Flexifit HQ have been there - Ally used to be a cardio bunny; only doing 20 minutes of the cross trainer followed by 20 minutes on the treadmill/bike. Sam would train using weights but there wasn't much structure in the workouts.
We are working hard to give you all as many options to access exercise in a way that makes you feel comfortable. For starters, we have our weekly bootcamps and Insanity classes that we love welcoming people from all walks of life and fitness levels to. Soon, our Home Workout pack will be on sale for you to get fit in your front room (no equipment needed!) In the summer, we will be launching our very own training programme which is like having a PT in your pocket. Not to mention Online Personal Training too!
Remember, exercise is all about consistency not continuously. We train in the gym 5 days a week with cardio slipped in whenever possible (both of us are aware that this needs to be done but excuses are far easier to make when trying to avoid going for a run!) Be happy and be healthy, life is too short!