3 Surprising Fitness Facts

There are always potential set backs to your fitness goals. However, these tips are meant to clear up any misconceptions you may have when getting started. At Farmingdlae Physical Therapy West, we encourage our patients to adopt and maintain a healthy life style. Managing weight and building strength is a step in the right direction for overall wellness and pain relief.

CNN spoke with top trainers around the U.S who shared with Health.com three surprising fitness facts that may be getting in the way of reaching your fitness goals.

 

1. Not enough sleep can cause weight gain

A recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows, individuals who slept less than seven hours per night were more likely to gain weight. Other research has shown that even partial sleep deprivation increases the production of the hormone ghrelin, which triggers hunger.

 

2. Yoga doesn’t burn as many calories as we think

While doing yoga does improve flexibility and strength, it’s not much of an aerobic workout, according to an ACE study: a 50-minute power yoga session burns 237 calories, versus the 500 to 600 calories you’d burn by cycling for that amount of time.

 

3. Women who lift weights won’t bulk up

Even if you’re using heavy dumbbells, you’re not going to turn into a female Hulk. “Women typically have less muscle tissue and produce lower levels of testosterone than men,” says personal trainer Matthews, meaning we’re less physiologically prone to becoming muscular.

 

No matter how big or small your goals are, it is important to stay focused. Furthermore, making a concrete and practical plan will help ensure success in reaching your goals. Figuring out ahead of time what could prevent you from reaching your goal is also very important when creating your fitness plan. For help with your fitness goals and developing a wellness plan, ask your physical therapist today!