FITNESS IS NOT AN EXACT SCIENCE
Since the idea of fitness was conceived, it has experienced many trends, and over the past few years, its accessibility to all has made this sport not clearly definable except by the individual practices of each and everyone. Evelyne Frugier, Health Club manager at Clinique La Prairie, comments on a few common assertions.
Text: Lætitia Simon – Photos: AdobeStock et Unsplash
It is important to drink during exercise
A person who consumes fluids throughout the day will not need to drink during exercise lasting an hour. On the other hand, someone who has drunk nothing prior to exercise is likely to get thirsty quickly.
Only cardio matters
A balanced diet remains essential. The body also needs strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, etc. Variety in the activities you do diversifies your experience.
Too much cardio is dangerous
Too much of anything is dangerous! You must know your capabilities and respect them. You must remember that the intensity of a sporting activity always depends on age and the way in which it is practised.
If I am already active during the day, I don’t need to do any sport
By modern standards, physical exertions at work and home are very much restricted. What’s more, even for those of us who are on our feet all day long, sport helps to balance posture and strengthen the least exercised muscles.
If you do regular sporting activity, a poor diet makes no difference
A balanced diet remains essential. The fact that you do not put on weight is not a sign of good health. Fresh food high in nutrients helps our body to function effectively.
No coaching is needed for fitness training
It is important that you are shown postures and exercises that are personally suited to you. The risk of making wrong movements is high and damaging. In addition, only a coach can develop the practice of fitness.
Fitness is not only about losing weight
Regular physical activity makes you feel better about who you are physically and mentally. Fitness, like any other sporting activity, slows down the ageing process and promotes health, well-being and even social relations!
Stretching is no longer recommended
Stretching during training promotes extended movements in muscle strengthening. And stretches at the end of exercise help to relax and draw out the muscle after it has been worked. It is necessary if you do not want to lose flexibility.
One session of exercise three times a week is enough to keep fit
That obviously depends on what you are looking to achieve. The ideal scenario would be to complete 20 minutes of activity per day, but three times a week is better than nothing at all.
It is important to change fitness programme regularly
The more varied, the better! Even if people enjoy doing the same exercises all the time, it is, however, much more effective to mix things up on a regular basis so that you get through a more comprehensive workload.
Strengthening your abs is a question of health
The abdominal belt plays an essential supporting role. Your muscles protect your back and organs during exercise and guarantee effective support.
Putting on weight builds muscle
In order to build muscle, you have to work at it unerringly. As part of a balanced amateur practice, the muscle takes shape, strengthens but does not expand.