With so much advice on weight loss flying around the internet, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. It can be even harder to find good workout advice when you’re a mother of an adorable, but clingy little baby. Check out the five fitness myths every mom should know to learn what advice you should ignore.
- More time in the gym means more weight loss
Sally spends two hours in the gym every other day. But Mary is a new mom and spends only 45 minutes in the gym every other day. Who’s in better shape?
That’s a trick question, because it’s not black and white. It’s not about how much time you spend in the gym, but how you use that time. If Sally doesn’t have an effective workout routine, Mary could end up burning more calories in her short workouts. Don’t focus on finding more time to go to the gym, just focus on finding a more effective workout.
- You need to sweat a lot to lose weight
Sometimes, it feels great to sweat…it’s as if the calories are melting off. But sweating a lot doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve burned more calories. Sweating is merely your body’s way of cooling down. The sweat may help you lose water weight, but you gain it back when you drink. So don’t be tempted to workout with a trash bag under your clothes or to up the temperature until you can barely breathe. It only makes things stickier.
- Crunches are the key to better abs
You cannot get your pre-baby abs back by doing crunches. It’s impossible. Your abs have many different muscles, and doing crunches only works a few of them. It’s better to do a varied ab workout than to knock out 200 crunches. You might impress your baby by counting to 200, but that’s about it.
- Everyday activities don’t count as exercise
Don’t discount the ten times you went up and down the stairs to do laundry, or the 45 minutes you spent speed-walking your baby around the block. Everyday activities do count as exercise, especially when you have the added weight of a squirmy baby in your arms.
- Workouts need to be long to be effective
You may have heard the rumor that you need to exercise for at least 45 minutes for it to make a difference. Fortunately, that’s not true. Any little bit makes a big difference. So if you only have time for a 15 minute workout, that’s great. Take advantage of it, because it does help improve your fitness.
Hi Everyone! I'm Danielle, and I'm a little bit of a fitness nut. Since having my 1-year old son, working out has been a little more difficult. Between breastfeeding and running around with a baby who does not EVER sit still, I've had to learn how to workout a whole new way. Join me on Workout Wednesdays as I share my post-baby workout tips. You can learn how to get (or stay) healthy while you juggle being SuperMom!