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7 Facts You Never Knew About Exercise

Here are 7 fitness facts that just might change the way you think about exercise.

  1. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you will burn whilst resting.

    In fact, muscle tissue is three times more efficient at burning calories than fat.

  2. You don’t need to do thousands of sit-ups to get that killer 6-pack.

    Your abdominal muscles are used to stabilise you in many exercises such as squats, deadlifts, chest press etc. Only a specialised diet will make your abs visible.

  3. Dehydrating the body by just 3% can cause a 10% loss in muscle strength.

    Training whilst you’re dehydrated can have detrimental effects on your performance in the gym. Make sure you drink plenty of water in the lead up to your workout.

  4. Muscle does not weigh more than fat.

    A kilogram is a kilogram, regardless of what tissue it consists of. This misunderstanding comes from the fact that muscle is much more dense than fat. A kilogram of muscle occupies less space than a kilogram of fat.

  5. You can’t use exercise to target fat loss in specific areas.

    No matter the amount of exercise, the body part will still have a layer of fat on it. Healthy eating in combination with a calorie deficit is the only way to target fat loss.

  6. You burn more calories in the 23 hours you don’t exercise, than the 1-hour you do.

    This even includes sleeping, sitting at your desk or in front of the TV. It takes energy to keep your heart beating, your lungs breathing, and your brain cells communicating.

  7. Resistance training doesn’t make women “big”.

    Most women just don’t have the level of testosterone necessary to gain that “bulky” physique. It’s extremely difficult for anyone to get “too bulky” by lifting weights alone, especially if you aren’t consuming enough calories.

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