The internet is full of workout tips and tricks, to help you get that dream bod. However, a lot of these helpful quick fixes aren’t so helpful at all.

At Tough Mudder Ireland we’re done with the raiméis and are here to debunk which ‘facts’ are actually fiction, and leave you only with proven wisdom to help guide your workout routine.

1. Ab workouts will help you to lose stomach weight – FICTION

Ab workouts alone will not help you to lose weight around your midriff. The only way to do this is to lose overall body fat content, which will include the stubborn stomach bulge.

You have no control over what sections of your body burns fat. Therefore, if your goal is to lose stomach weight, you should use your workout time to do cardio like running or cycling, rather than torturing yourself with endless ab crunches.

2. If it doesn’t hurt, you’re not working out hard enough – FICTION

We reckon this one goes back to the old ‘no pain no gain’ phrase. While it’s important to push yourself and test your limits, over-exercising can do much more harm than good.

Know the difference between strain and pain. If you’re feeling a strain, that’s normal. But if you’re feeling pain while working out and doing an exercise, you’re probably doing it wrong.

While stiffness is expected at the beginning of a new training regime, your muscles will adapt and get stronger. There’s no need to work harder when you can work smarter.

3. Exercise Combats Depression – FACT

When you exercise, endorphins are released by your brain. Endorphins are pleasure chemicals that are proven to reduce the body’s perception of pain and instead triggers feelings of energizing positivity.

Being active and in shape also increases levels of self-esteem and a positive body perception.

4. Exercise Increases your Energy and Reduces Fatigue – FACT

While you might think that a workout will tire you out and reduce your energy levels, it’s proven to be quite the opposite.

A workout will circulate your blood and carry oxygen and nutrients to muscle tissues which will help them to produce energy. Exercise also makes you more alert and focused, as your heart rate goes up and more blood and oxygen is brought to your brain.

So maybe swap that extra cup of coffee with a H.I.I.T workout and you might get even more of a boost.

5. You need a Gym Membership to get in shape – FICTION

This is possibly the worst excuse you could possibly give. We recommend you don’t spout this to anyone in Mudder Nation.

MMA fighter Herchel Walker trained his entire life without a gym. His daily routine included 750-1500 push ups, 3,000 sit ups, 1,500 pull-ups, 1,000 dips and 1,000 squats. He explained this, saying: “My parents didn’t have a lot of money. My high school didn’t have a lot of money, but I didn’t use that as an excuse.”

You can workout anywhere. You just need to push yourself.

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