Debunking Exercise Myths
These are some common misconceptions and questions that I have answered over the years.
The cause of post exercise soreness
Contrary to what you may have heard, this is not caused by lactic acid build up from your workout hanging around in your muscles like an unwelcome visitor. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is the result of microscopic tears in the muscles. This is actually not a bad thing. It is the healing process of those tears that allows the muscles to build new stronger and healthier tissue. This is why recovery from your workouts are just as important as all the hard time you put in. As well as the importance of increasing weights in strength training and mixing up the routine to continue to cause those tears to be able to build new muscle.
It doesn't have to be all or nothing
Stop using the excuse that you do not have enough time to workout to hold you back. Your workout does not need to be an hour or more. Unless of course you are training for long distance endurance sports. But, for the majority of people looking to get into shape and stay healthy, A 15-30 minute higher intensity interval training may be all you need. Do not have even a 30 minute chunk of time to dedicate to your exercise? Break it up into 10 minutes throughout the day. It is still effective and has the added benefit of setting your day on the right track in the morning and waking up that sleepy brain later in the day. If high intensity is too demanding for your body right now, start with a little lower intensity and aim for 30-45 minutes.