With so much information out on the internet (and coming from friends and family), it’s pretty difficult to tell fact from fiction. It is incredibly important to learn the truth and be able to distinguish between the two.
One of the biggest exercise myths out there is that you can lose fat in an area of the body by strength training or exercising that specific body part. Oh how much easier life would be if this was true! The truth is that we cannot dictate from where our bodies will decide to oxidize fat, nor can we change fat into muscle. Bummer, I know! Doing triceps press-downs will not decrease the amount of fat on our arms any more than doing crunches will decrease the amount of fat we may have in our mid-section.
How can that be? Your body is one, complex, interconnected machine that is comprised of many moving parts. While fat can manifest itself in certain areas over others on your body, you have to exercise all of it as a whole to see results anywhere. You can do crunches every day for a month and you may eventually see some of the results of your labor there, but your face may show the results of your progress first in that it may look thinner.
There has to be some good news in here somewhere to convince us to continue exercising, though, right? Stay with me now… Here is the silver lining: any exercise that decreases your overall body fat percentage will help you lose fat and tone your body as a whole. And, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) exercises increase your metabolic burn to a point where you can continue to burn fat for up to 72 hours AFTER you leave the gym. If that’s not a plus, I don’t know what is!
Put the effort in now to increase your overall exercise routine and reap the results of your efforts in the form of overall body fat percentage decreases, increased energy and a better overall health