Did you notice that people follow a specific pattern when working out? Like starting with stretching, then working out for a certain amount of time, or following a tough workout routine that gets even tougher if you had splurged the night before. The reason people follow these patterns is some misconceptions and myths they believe about working out, such as:
1- Your workout routine needs to be strict and strenuous to achieve the desired result. Workout is not something people usually like. Even experienced athletes do not like it that much. However, you worsen things by making it more tiresome and damage your tissues in the process. Follow an easy but regular workout routine you do not get fed up with quickly.
2- The more speed you have when you run, the better the results. This is another myth people believe about working out. It is also related to the myth that says: “no pain, no gain”. What will happen when you run fast (besides cutting spaces in shorter time) is that you will run yourself out of breath and energy quickly.
3- Avoid working out before your bedtime. There is no definite time when you should not workout. For some people, it is even better if you workout before you sleep. Some restless sleepers even believe that it is better this way, and that it will improve the quality of your sleep.
4- Running outside is better than running on a treadmill. I understand why people would say that. The fresh air and change of scenery can boost your morale which is usually low when thinking about a stressful workout. However, this does not mean that running on a treadmill is worse. If you are comfortable with running on a treadmill while watching TV, then it is just the same as running outside.
5- Stretching gets you long lean muscles, just like a ballerina’s. Well, unless you come from a line of ballerinas and do ballet, it is not likely that stretching will make you like one. However, stretching is good indeed for losing fat and increasing muscle mass.