HEALTH MISCONCEPTIONS DESTROY PEOPLE'S DREAMS OF ACHIEVING OPTIMAL HEALTH!
As time goes by, there seem to be more and more health misconceptions about people’s levels of health and well-being. I would like to list a number of concepts that are considered as
but in truth, are just marginally accurate (just enough accuracy to lead you astray), if accurate at all. This type of misinformation is what is
keeping America not only unhealthy
and unfit, but also extremely diseased.
Do you adhere to any of the following misconceptions?
“Jogging is the best exercise for losing weight”
This thought goes hand in hand with the misconception that to become healthy and fit all we have to do is burn more calories than we consume.
Sports were created for fun and entertainment, not improving your health. If you take a good look at the majority of the sports, you will see “high-risk” involved. Proper, or smart exercise, should have little to no risk involved and you should receive long term benefits, which normally are not attained with sporting/athletic activities.
“The best way to work the heart is doing something aerobic”
“I don’t lift weights because I don’t want to get bulky”
To me personally, this is by far the funniest of all of the health misconceptions.
This may be the most humorous of all of the misconceptions, because most people don’t understand how difficult it is too put on muscle. The problem occurs when people add muscle and fat while they begin working out. If the nutrition is not dialed in properly, people have a tendency to gain weight which is made up of some muscle and even more fat. This leads to that “bulky” look that nobody seems to like. The truth is less than 2% of all women have any chance of ever looking overly muscular because of their estrogen to testosterone ratios. Plus, after the age of 30, the majority of men and women have to work very hard just to hold on to any muscle they have, let alone, continue putting it on (hypertrophy).
The truth is we are just damaging our metabolisms at a faster rate than ever before, thus children now have Adult Onset Diabetes. This disease is a lifestyle disease and the only reason it “runs in the family” is because of the poor habits that are passed on from one generation to another. (Some people who don’t want take responsibility for their lives and doctors who love medicating disease over teaching real prevention of disease will disagree with me here, but the “proof is in the pudding”/Look it up)
“The best way to lose weight is to consume fewer calories than I expend”
This health misconception is probably my biggest pet-peeve!
“Taking a one-a-day synthetic vitamin and mineral supplement will take care of any inadequacies in my everyday diet”
A proper nutritional program is the most important thing you can do in improving the state of your health. Taking a synthetic supplement once a day is not. This health misconception may be the most maddening of the ten, as how could a cheap synthetic supplement full of all sorts of fillers and indigestible micro-nutrients make up for poor nutrition habits that take place 24/7/365? It can’t! And, it doesn’t!