I'm not an expert on fitness - not by a long shot. But I am interested in health and fitness is part of healthy living. I've never been great at being consistent with exercise. I have a pattern of starting some kind of routine and then sticking with it for a couple of days before I get bored. I suspect I'm not the only one with this issue!
Myth #1: "I don't have time to exercise."
- Running to the P.O. and back to get the mail. It is a very quick run, but I'm a total beginner so it has been a completely perfect start! It takes no extra time and in fact saves me time since it is something I do anyway and I'm doing it faster. Also, knowing that it's so short and so quick makes it hard for me to talk myself out of it. 🙂 I look forward to running longer distances when it's not colder than death outside.
- Wearing Timothy Noah around in a wrap carrier while I clean and work. He's teething and fussy and wants to be held anyway, so wearing him keeps him content while I get stronger by carrying him. I used a bit of extra time at first doing this, but have gotten used to doing things while wearing him and don't feel like I'm any slower at all now.
- Standing while working on the computer. Have you heard of this? Some offices are encouraging workers to stand by installing standing desks to combat obesity. Well, I do it sometimes at home too. Except with my freezer (it's the perfect height). I don't stand while working all the time but when I do I'm certain I save time because I seem to focus better.
Myth #2: "I can't afford the gear."
Myth #3: "I have a long, long way to go to be at a healthy weight."
Myth #4: "I can't keep track of all the supplements and what they're supposed to do and when to take them and what's necessary and what's a scam and what Dr. Oz recommends and -"
- Weight loss/fat burning
- Whey protein powder is the quickest and easiest form of protein to grab quick after a workout, which is good for recovery. Eating real food is best, though!
- Certain herbal supplements can give you more energy, which can be helpful when you're just starting to work out.
On the topic of protein powder specifically, Barbara Lewin, RD, LD, a dietitian and sports nutritionist who has worked with NFL, NBA, and NHL athletes, shares a few instances protein powders have the advantage on WebMD:
- When you’re growing. A teenager needs more protein to fuel his workouts because his body is still growing and uses more protein in general.
- When you’re starting a program. If working out is new to you and you’re trying to build muscle, you’ll require more protein than you normally would.
- When you’re amping up your workouts. If you normally work out for half an hour a few times a week, but now you’ve decide to train for a half-marathon, your body will need more protein.
- When you’re recovering from an injury. Athletes with sports injuries frequently need more protein to help them heal.
- If you’re going vegan. People who pursue a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle eliminate a number of common protein sources from their diet, including meat, chicken, and fish, and sometimes dairy and eggs as well.
The article states, "Most people, even athletes, can also get everything they offer by eating sources of lean protein like meat, fish, chicken, and dairy products."
If you're letting certain beliefs stop you from getting started with fitness and getting more exercise, I encourage you to look further into those beliefs to find out if they're actually true. There are just too many "smoke and mirrors" with the over-polluted marketplace that is the fitness industry to just trust what you hear.