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  • Five Ways to Start Living Right in Lebanon

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  • Get your dream body at Start Living Right Gym

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  • How to Stay Motivated And Reach Your Goals

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  • How to Keep Active While You Are at Work

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  • How to Choose a Suitable Gym

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  • How to Feel More Energized

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff Are you one of those people that gets tried quite easily? Perhaps there’s no apparent reason why your energy levels are low. Don’t worry, you can easily feel reenergized! Just follow the below tips that can boo...
  • Train Your Mind to Think Positively

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff It can be extremely difficult to stick to your goals, especially if they are challenging and require a lot of dedication. Here are some tips to help you stick through till the end! Think positivity The first ...
  • Overcome Your Fear of Going to the Gym

    Have you ever felt shy or embarrassed to join a gym? Perhaps you are already a member of a gym but don’t have the courage to go. Many beginners feel ashamed of their bodies or intimidated by the regulars who are much fitter than them. Here are some t...
  • Overcome your excuses

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  • Motivate Yourself To Go To The Gym

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  • How To Track Your Fat Loss

    by Startlivingright.net – Track your fat loss progress by applying body fat testing. Never obsess with your weight on the scale as a means of your progress.   When we...
  • Maintain Your Weight

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  • How to Make the Most of Yourself

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  • Tips To Stay Motivated

    by Startlivingright.net – In order to keep you motivation, never compare yourself to anyone, accept failure and know that it isn’t easy and it takes time.     When it comes to staying positive and consistently focused on achieving your goal...
  • Transform your Body Image

    by Transform your Body Image by believing in yourself and sticking to your fitness program and your gym training sessions. Are you someone who frequently starts a ne...
  • What to do when you Accomplish a Goal

    by Startlivingright.net – When you finally accomplish a certain goal, reward yourself. Treat yourself, appreciate the results and inspire and keep challenging yourself. ...
  • Body Transformation Program

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  • Healthy Lifestyle

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  • How To Set Clear Goals

    by Startlivingright.net – Set clear goals for your journey. What do you want? Why do you want it and what will you do to get it? Commit and be specific.     When it comes to successful body transformation programs, setting clear and specifi...
  • Body Types and Frames

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  • A Suitable Diet & Training Program

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  • Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

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  • Getting rid of Cravings

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  • Fat Loss Plateau

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  • Beat Emotional Eating

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Fitness myths busted

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Written by guest author Talar Demirdjian


We’ve all heard too many quick fixes to getting fit, or we believe spending hours at the gym are going to make us look like Victoria’s Secret Models, or cutting out certain things from our diet will finally be the way of losing our love handles, but the truth is you’ve probably been fed a load of lies, and fitness isn’t as simple as that.

So, I’m about to bust some fitness myths you’ve probably heard over the years!

Myth: Crunches are the key to flat abs

Crunches are probably the most well-known abdominal exercise around, but doing crunches is not actually the best way to slim your tummy area, since they don't actually burn off a lot of calories, and thus will not really help in losing fat. Moves involving your shoulders and butt more effectively engage your entire core, so next time you want to work on your “Abs” do some planks and bridges.

Myth: If you’re not sweating, you’re not working hard

Did you sweat more than usual during your regular afternoon run? Well, I’m sorry to say that it doesn't mean you necessarily burnt any more calories than usual. In actually depends on the focus of your workout, you may bench press a ton ( figure of speech) while taking a lot of breaks in between, and not seat a lot, but you sure as well would be working hard. So, before your start agonizing about your sweating, focus on whether endurance or strength is the focus of your training.

Myth: Cardio till you’re skinny

People think that running and cardio are the end all be all of losing weight and fitness. However, if you want a svelter physique, focused weight training is a more effective way to lose weight than investing hours on the treadmill. Also, interval and weight training is a better way to reduce fat (try our “Start Tabata” and “ Start Pumping” classes”.

Myth: Lift weights? No, I’ll get bulky!

Ladies, this one is particularly for you. No, lifting weight will NOT suddenly make you look like the hulk. Women typically have less muscle tissue and produce lower levels of testosterone than men, meaning we're less physiologically prone to becoming super muscular.

Myth: I need my Gatorade!

While sports drink commercials will have you believe that you absolutely need them after a workout, old school water, and a high-protein snack will do the trick. Electrolyte-pumped sports drinks are really only necessary (and not even always) for gym sessions or intense cardio workouts that last more than an hour. The extra sugar in sports drinks can hinder the fat-burning process, so they should be reserved for those times when they're truly necessary.

We’ll be busting some more fitness myths in another article, so stay tuned!

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