How often do you hear things about physical activity that made sense, but left you more confused because of the contradictory ‘expert’ information you already have? We have presented diet myths, meal myths, and fad diets. In this article, we present some of the stubborn physical activity myths that often creates more questions than answers.
Myth: Lifting weights is not a good way to lose weight because it will make me “bulk up.”
Fact: Lifting weights or doing activities like push-ups and crunches on a regular basis can help you build strong muscles, which can help you burn more calories. To strengthen muscles, you can lift weights, use large rubber bands (resistance bands), do push-ups or sit-ups, or do household or yard tasks that make you lift or dig. Doing strengthening activities 2 or 3 days a week will not “bulk you up.” Only intense strength training, along with certain genetics, can build large muscles.