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Lifestyle : My Health
1HERSA1 W002 AG2382197AA-260910 2 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2010 THE SUN-HERALD S my health special report Punch through well-being myths Mac Redinbaugh has heard it all. As a personal trainer at boutique health club My Gym in Alexandria, he spends a lot of his time discussing fears and insecurities about exercise, diet and well-being with new clients. Here, he explains some common misconceptions and truths about diet and fitness. MYTHS ''I don't want to do weights, as they'll make me look like a man -- and a big one at that.'' ''For women, short of very expensive medical intervention, it's not going to happen,'' Redinbaugh says. ''They don't have the hormones to bulk up.'' Weight-training won't turn women into Arnie but it will increase their base metabolic rate, which means they'll burn more energy doing nothing. ''Most of your calories are burned by your body looking after itself; breathing and things like that,'' Redinbaugh says. ''With more muscle, your body will burn more, even at rest.'' ''I want to lose weight from here, here and here.'' ''Probably the biggest myth perpetrated by the fitness industry is 'spot reduction','' Redinbaugh says. ''But you can't target certain parts of your body for weight loss. ''The body breaks down fat via the liver and it doesn't care where that fat came from.'' ''I've seen this new move around that is more effective than conventional exercise.'' Redinbaugh says, despite the dramatic miracles offered by late- night television ads, there is no ''magic movement'' that will burn fat differently -- energy burnt is energy burnt. ''Cycling or swimming won't burn fat or give muscle tone.'' Again, Redinbaugh says people should concentrate on how much energy they're burning, not how they're doing it. ''Look at Lance Armstrong -- even his six-pack has a six-pack,'' he says. ''If I train more, I can maintain my bad diet and lifestyle and still look just as good.'' Working off a bad diet will cut into the bulk of your time spent improving your body. ''You can't out-train a bad diet,'' Redinbaugh says. ''Even low-carb beers require a lot of time to burn off -- yet you can drink a lot of them in a very short amount of time.'' TRUTHS ''Carbs make me fat.'' Redinbaugh says while diet's effect on your health is complicated, ''there is more energy per bite in carbs than in protein, so carbs are more likely to make you fat. ''However, carbohydrates are a bigsetoffood--sugarisa carbohydrate and lettuce is a carbohydrate, so it depends on the type of carbohydrate.'' He says people should be wary of those things that are easy to eat in bulk, such as bread, sugar and pasta. ''Running is bad for your knees.'' Redinbaugh says this is partially true. ''Running in bad shoes is bad for your knees.'' He recommends joining a running club where you can get advice from other members, or avoiding the chain stores with their knowledge-free, Gen Y part-timers and instead buying your shoes from a specialist business with knowledgable staff. You'll pay more but you're getting good advice that will last longer than the shoes. ''Starting out can shock your body.'' ''Starting out will shock your body,'' he says. ''But there are two types of hurt -- good and bad. You want to feel sore but not injure yourself -- listen to your body.'' The most damaging time is getting back into exercise or doing a new exercise Men in their late 30s and early 40s are more likely to ignore their body's signals and do themselves some damage. ''Exercise is not easy.'' ''Getting into exercise is going to hurt but once you get into it and get results, you start to enjoy the horrible feelings.'' And while exercise isn't easy, it is preferable to feeling puffed at the top of a flight of stairs or too embarrassed to wear a swimming costume to the beach. ''I look silly exercising.'' Even a man who spends his life in a sweaty gym admits people sweating in tight-fitting clothes and trying out unfamiliar moves in boxing classes look less than glamorous, ''but, you know, no one cares''. A Herald Special Report Editor Scott Ellis Editorial Jason Mountney Photo editor Anna Kucera Advertising Tina Musumeci
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