All of us wish to be healthy and fit.
We are generally on the lookout for some tips and tricks to get healthy. We ask our friends, elders, and consult Dr. Google for various tips and hacks to improve our Health, Fitness, and Wellness.
However, in this process, we come across several misconceptions and myths which we unduly believe. These misconceptions reduce the efficiency of our efforts towards achieving perfect health and fitness.
Some of these misconceptions and myths are widely believed by millions of people and have existed for several decades. It is high time that we bring to light these misconceptions to avoid wastage of our efforts.
This article highlights some of the most common misconceptions about health. Everyone should be aware of these misconceptions to ensure that their efforts to achieve health, fitness and wellness don’t go in vain.
Misconceptions about Health, Fitness and Wellness
Misconception 1: Dieting leads to weight loss
The dieting and weight loss industry wants you to believe that dieting works. However, it doesn’t. People who follow dieting get more and more cravings for food and therefore they end up overeating when their dieting period is over.
Instead of following a weight loss diet or avoiding food altogether, you should change your lifestyle permanently. Eating healthy, following a proper sleep cycle, and engaging in physical activities on a regular basis can deliver way better results than dieting. It is better to eat in moderation than to follow dieting procedure and then binge on food after dieting is over.
Also, dieting can sometimes tamper with your body functions and cause weakness in your body. It’s better that you eat in moderation than follow dieting.
Misconception 2: Cold weather causes cold
We’ve been told by our elders and self – proclaimed health experts that cold environment causes cold. In reality, it is not the cold environment but the virus present in the air which causes flu.
We generally stay indoors during cold weather, thus increasing the chances of coming in contact with someone who already has the flu. If the infected person constantly sneezes or coughs, then the chances of you catching the flu increase. Therefore it is very important to maintain personal hygiene and keep your surroundings clean during winters.
In case you catch the flu, you should wear a mask so that the flu isn’t passed on to other people around you.
Misconception 3: There is a single way to get healthy
There is no single way to get healthy. Everyone has different habits, they follow different routines and have different meal preferences. Therefore the road to getting healthy is different for everyone. It is better to consult a doctor to get a proper meal plan and exercise routine instead of blindly following someone’s advice.
You must stay away from people who give advice for free and should always do your own research thoroughly before following a routine or advice. What might work for someone will not necessarily for you.
Everyone’s body structure and routine varies and so does their way to get healthy.
Misconception 4: Going to the gym will compensate your inactivity for the entire day
Going to the gym and working out heavily won’t compensate for your sedentary lifestyle for the rest of the day. You need to be active for the rest of the day as well.
For people who have jobs in the field of Finance, Legal, IT, or Admin, most of their day is spent staring at computer screens. To avoid the sedentary culture, these people can shift to standing desks or can take 5-minute breaks after every 1 hour to stretch their muscles and refresh.
You can also buy noise-canceling earphones so that you can walk while attending calls.
One should not sit for more than 60-90 minutes in one go. You can read, watch TV, and attend calls while standing.
Misconception 5: Diet soda is good
Diet soda though better than normal soda in some aspects is still harmful to your body. Diet soda contains artificial sweeteners and other chemicals that can damage your body and even teeth. The branding of these diet soda’s is done in a way that creates a healthy picture in people’s minds.
Soda is in no form good for your health.
One should shift to other forms of beverages like fresh fruit juices and avoid all types of soda.
Misconception 6: Exercising helps in weight loss
Several people say that exercising regularly can help you in losing weight. However, it is not just exercising, but also the calorie intake which determines your weight loss journey.
One should be in a calorie deficit to experience weight loss. Exercising along with excessive eating will never make you achieve your weight loss goal. People lay a lot of their focus on exercising, however, the majority focus should be put on nutrition.
Even sleep and rest is important to witness weight loss since most of the muscle repair and calories are burned while we rest and sleep.
Misconception 7: Bottled water is better than normal water
Bottled water is at least 1000x more expensive than your normal tap water. Bottled water is even expensive than the water which we get from the water filters installed at home.
Beverage companies want you and I to believe that bottled water is safer and contains more minerals than the normal water. It is just a marketing gimmick which the beverage companies play on us. Bottled water usually tastes different than the normal water which we get through taps or from our water filters. It is because the beverage companies add minerals in the water to change the taste.
By drinking water from packaged bottles, we not only waste a lot of money but also pollute the environment since these bottles are made of plastic.
You should reduce drinking from packed bottles and instead install a water filter at home.
There is a vast availability of knowledge on the internet. However, not all knowledge available there is true. Some things stated on the internet might be true, some might be partially true with Terms and conditions applied and others might be incorrect. It is our responsibility to verify the advice before following it.
All of us must do our own research before following a piece of advice which is not given by a doctor. Free advice can turn out to be very costly in terms of wastage of effort and time.
All the best for your journey towards achieving improved health, fitness, and wellness.