Don't Lie to Yourself: 10 Fitness Facts

Make no mistakes about it, this is all true. If you are a lawyer or a detective, no one can not escape the facts.  A lot of people want to find quick fixes, magic potions, the newest supplements and teh easiest diet.  But the truth is, if you accept these 10 facts, and then proceed to commit to an exercise program you will be far more successful.

  1. Exercise will give you energy, no matter how tired you were before you started working out.  Exercise releases endorphins into the blood stream when you exercise.
  2. Doing crunches and ab exercises does not burn belly fat specifically.  Your body tends to burn fat in a genetically predetermined way.
  3. Fat does not turn into muscle.  They are actually two completely separate tissues.  You can lose fat and gain muscle from exercise.
  4. Sadly, the number of fat cells in your body have already been made before you were born.  When you were in utero, your genetic code already decided the number of fat cell you were going to have for the rest of your life. So when you gain weight, you are not increasing the production of more fat cells, you are increasing the size of the fat cells you already have.
  5. Exercising regularly will help to prevent some of the most common diseases like, heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and arthritis.
  6. 3500 calories is just about 1 pound.  So you need to burn about 3500 calories during your exercise routines to lose weight.
  7. Your muscles do not grow while you are actually exercising.  They grow while they are resting.  Just like when we were kids, our bodies grew when we were asleep.
  8. For every pound of muscle you have, you burn about 75 to 100 calories on a daily basis.  So the more strength training you do, the more muscle you will have and then more calories you will burn by simply being.
  9. Regular exercise can prevent brittle bones as you age and can actually reverse loss of bone density.  This is why seniors can begin exercise programs in their later years of life and see a positive effect on their health and bone strength.
  10. 10. Flexibility is specific to each joint.  Having flexibility in one area of your body does not mean you have balanced range of motion.  You need to stretch all the muscles throughout your body.
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