The Most Common Fitness and Yoga Myths Debunked

“Myths which are believed in tend to become true.”

People are getting smarter every day in their approach to working out or practising Yoga, some people see it as a form of exercise or relaxation; for many others, it is a way of life. But there are some long-held myths related to Yoga that are just not true. But don’t worry, we can help- here are five myths about Yoga, and why you should stop believing them.

 

Myth #1 – More sweat means more weight loss

Myth #2 – Yoga is only for flexible people

Myth #3 – Drink 8-10 litres of water a day

Myth #4 – Yoga is just about stretching

Myth #5 – Skip workout when you are sick

Myth #1 – More sweat means more weight loss

Firstly, we have to understand why we sweat. Scientifically, we tend to sweat when our body temperature goes beyond a point and our brain is completely responsible for this by receiving stimulus regarding the increase in the temperature. It varies from person to person and few people sweat a lot and few don’t. So sweat is nowhere proportional to fat loss.  

Myth #2 – Yoga is only for flexible people

Only by regular yoga practise, one can gain flexibility in their body and it’s completely wrong to tell only flexible people can do yoga. For a few people, it might take a few days to gain such flexibility and for the others, it might take a longer time. So change your mind and start working from today to gain the flexibility in your body.

Myth #3 – Drink 8-10 litres of water a day

We always have two questions in mind like when to drink and how much to drink. The answer is, drink whenever you feel thirsty and drink how much ever you can to clear your urine. There is nothing to do with numbers here. 

 

Myth #4 – Yoga is just about stretching

Yoga is not completely all about stretching. It also comprises balancing postures, weight loses postures, focusing postures, body strengthening and toning postures. It gives you emotional and mental benefits as well. Stretching is just one component of yoga and there are tons of other components too. 

 

Myth #5 – Skip workout when you are sick

Yes, you are advised not to work out when you are sick, particularly when you have a fever, as your body temperature is already high and it will increase rapidly after your workouts. But you can do yoga when you have a throat infection or cold or cough and it helps your immune system to recover soon from these problems. 

Conclusion

The distinctive thigh about yoga is to go at your own pace and listen to every activity of your body. In the beginning phase, it might be difficult for you but over a while, your body will develop a greater range of motion and flexibility that is needed. Throw all these myths away and work towards your goal. Happy Yoga. 

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