Planning a wedding can take a toll on your body and mind, so this month we’re focusing on wellness! Our CTO Annie, who also happens to be a personal trainer, will help you understand these common fitness myths. Ready? Let’s dig in!
1. You can target specific “areas” of your body.
First of all, we’re all about body positivity at Salud. If you have a body, you’ve got a beach body! It’s pretty common to hear “I just want to tone up my stomach” or “I really just want to lean out my legs”. Unfortunately, spot reduction doesn’t work. Instead, think about exercise and nutrition as good habits for the long run – consistency will make you feel better and healthier, not to mention stronger. When you’re consistent, you’ll be able to feel and see the results over time and maintain them better too!
2. Cardio is the best way to lose weight.
Fitness and mental wellness are long term habits; not instant treatments.
If you love cardio, do cardio! But all too often, people run for hours on the treadmill thinking it’s the only way to get fit. Definitely not true! Fitness and mental wellness are long term habits; not instant treatments. With that in mind, pick a fitness routine that makes you happy and gets you excited.. There’s nothing worse than dreading your exercise routine and that dread will make it unsustainable. Any type of movement that gets you out the door, doing things, and breaking a sweat consistently, is the best way to get fit.
3. Lifting weights will make me bulky.
This one is also one of many common fitness myths especially among females. Lifting weights will not make you bulky – I repeat – lifting weights will not make you bulky. There are loads of really great health benefits to lifting weights. Keeping in mind what I said above (i.e. if you hate lifting weights, don’t lift weights), resistance training is incredibly beneficial for weight loss but also in fixing long term movement pattern issues and for improving bone density. Increasing the amount of muscle mass in your body will actually improve your metabolic rate which leads to better caloric burn over the course of the day. In fact, if you don’t know where to start with your fitness journey, I highly recommend starting off with basic resistance training for long term health benefits.
Incorporating movement into your routine has so many benefits mentioned above, as well as supports your mental health. If the stress of planning a wedding has got you down, consider leaning on someone for help. Check us out here and schedule your free consultation to see if virtually working with a wedding planner is for you!