Health and fitness is a tricky dimension. The body is so complex, that as much research and studies revolving around related topics that have been conducted, we are still unsure about so many aspects of it! Some say, we know more about the universe than we do about our bodies (well, that would be including our brain). Anyway, there are always varied theories about which diet is best, which workout is best, etc. At the end of the day, like almost anything that exists, there are both pros and cons to ALL. Lets look into some of the controversial topics in health and fitness:
- Squatting below the knee – to or not to?
To – by squatting below the knee, you’re essentially taking your legs through a longer ride, or a longer range of motion. This means that it’s better exercise for your quads and bum that you’ve been working so hard to tone up. Pushing your legs to a farther degree could aid in building strength more efficiently.
Not to – people who are prone to injury blame the squatting for discomfort they feel in their knees when they go low. Some say that the anatomy of our bodies was not designed for such a position, and that not every body is particularly made to squat ‘ass-to-grass’. Forget about the muscles and tendons that may get overstretched or irritated, it’s the skeleton itself that may not be able to create such an acute angle!
- Heavy lifting – to or not to?
To – strong men out there love this because its known to help you build muscle faster, rather than just tone. People who want to create lean big muscles don’t see that lifting light does that job. Scientifically, lifting heavy tears the muscle on a microscopic scale, which then leads to the muscles repairing themselves, ultimately making you stronger.
Not to – the whole tearing concept may sound iffy, and that’s why there’s controversy around it! There’s a fine line between lifting heavy and lifting too heavy, and by lifting an amount you aren’t ready for, you could injure yourself in a heartbeat. People tend to overestimate themselves and moreover, forget that with age, you often can’t lift as much. It’s important to remind yourself that its okay if lifting at 40 is not the same experience as it was at 20.
- Following a low-carb diet – to or not to?
To – For general weight loss, reducing carbs can definitely play a role. They can help control blood-sugar levels and result in the shedding of some pounds! But, make sure that refined carbs are what you cut out for ultimate results.
Not to – low carb should never be confused with no carb! But if athletic performance is your goal, you’re going to need those carbs. Carbs are your body’s dependency when it comes to high-intensity and explosive exercise. Cutting out carbs will only make your progress suffer, and it will be apparent when it comes to your energy, speed, and strength. Plenty of people follow a high-carb diet and are extremely fit.
- Exercising on an empty stomach – to or not to?
To – you’ll burn more fat than carbs, which is good for weight loss! And if you are doing low-intensity cardio, then you can maintain a steady pace of weight loss through that strategy.
Not to – while you will burn more fat, you’ll burn fewer calories overall. If you’re fueled, you’ll be able to exercise at a higher intensity which always comes back to repay. Hard work always pays off!