3 Health and Fitness Myths, Busted

As long as people have been exercising, research has been done concerning how to get the best results. Sometimes relevant and insightful information is revealed and other time senduring misconceptions are created. Here are a few things you’ve heard about health and fitness that simply aren’t true:


  • Detoxing works


Detoxing is not something you can make your body do. Your liver and kidneys were designed to detoxify your body. You can take in less sugar and fat to ease their workload but nothing you put in your body will detox you. Rather integrate foods that can support your liver function like turmeric and leafy green vegetables.


  • Cardio should always come first


Everyone has been conditioned to believe a workout should start with 20 minutes of cardio on a treadmill. Perhaps it is because we see it as a warm up for our strength training or we just want to get it out of the way.

In reality, you should still do a short warmu p and then commence strength training before doing cardio. By saving cardio for last you will conserve your glycogen levels which can inhibit your strength training. However, strength training boosts you testosterone and cortisol levels which are beneficial to your cardio exercises. Consider joining your medical aid’s health club for advice on nutrition and exercise for a healthier life.


  • You can work off whatever you eat


Technically the mathematics is sound. You could burn off the fuel you put in the tank but it is an impractical ideal. It is much easier to eat 300 calories than to burn them off. You would have to walk for an hour and a half to burn off that many calories. Weight loss is not solely dependent on exercise but more on what food you choose to eat. Let’s put this into perspective. The following foods contain about 300 calories:

  • 60g potato chips
    • 1kg watermelon
    • 5 apples
    • 5 small cookies
    • 750ml soft drink (empty calories)
    • 2 glasses of wine

    The nutrients you are taking in is in factun related to the amount of calories you consume. Milk is high in calories but it contains nutrients whereas a soft drink is filled with sugar and not much else. So think twice before overindulging and thinking you’ll work it off at the gym. The myths are officially busted.