Everyone should lift. Everyone. However, there are several myths about lifting that are just not true. So, here we go!
Myth #1: Lifting heaving makes you bulky. According to Alexander Koch, Ph.D., an associate professor of exercise science at Lenoir-Rhyne University, “The fear that one will suddenly grow large amounts of muscle from lifting weights is akin to worrying you’ll be involuntarily drafted by the WNBA if you shoot a few hoops at the Y. It just won’t happen.” Now, that’s a good analogy if I’ve ever heard one!
Women have testosterone levels that are 15 to 20 times lower than those of men. Furthermore, the bulky look often results from adding muscle without monitoring your diet or burning fat.
Myth #2: Muscle can turn into fat. Fat and muscle are two totally different types of tissue. This won’t happen. If you stop lifting, muscles atrophy (get smaller), but they won’t turn into fat. However, losing muscle mass means you will burn fewer calories throughout the day which could lead to you gaining weight. But it isn’t your muscles turning into fat.
Myth #3: Cardio burns more fat. Lifting weights increases the baseline number of calories you burn each day. According to Koch, “Muscle tissue is the most metabolically active tissue in our bodies, so the more muscle you have, the more energy you expend just to keep living.” You’re burning more calories even at rest.
Myth #4: Lifting will make you gain weight. “Leaner” and “lighter” are not interchangeable terms. In other words, the scale may not go down much (and may even go up some!), but the physical results can be more dramatic. The more muscle you gain, the smaller and more compact you are. Don’t always go by the scale. Use your clothes to measure your progress.
Now, get lifting!
Yesterday, Miss Envy pup had her first agility lesson. Can you tell she had a blast? She zonked out at home afterward! She absolutely loves it!
And one more thing. I know you have to do certain things to your car when it gets cold out. Like really cold. Like it has been here. For instance, you want to have at least a 1/2 tank of gas in your car. And you want to try to wash your car regularly because of the salt. But you don’t want to wash your car before a big freeze because the water droplets could freeze your doors shut or freeze other things under your car. (All of these things were told to me AFTER it got really cold here. Not helpful. But that’s neither here nor there.) HOWEVER, how in the world does this [see photo below] help anything? The woman put this burlap sack and afghan on her hood while she went into the grocery store? I asked a Madisonian who has lived here all her life and she had no answer, so please do tell if you know why. And of course, the woman walked to her car as I was taking the picture. Of course. [The car is the 3rd one from the front of the picture.]
Quote of the Day:
“It’s a shallow life that doesn’t give a person a few scars.” -Garrison Keillor
So, I have a confession to make. I still have a lot of pumpkin recipes left that I haven’t had a chance to post even though it’s no longer October/November/December (aka, prime pumpkin dessert months). I hope you don’t mind. I know I posted a Pumpkin Dip earlier this season and it was tasty. But O.M.G. This dip is to die for. The addition of the sour cream was genius. And it is perfect for a holiday party!
Pumpkin Pie Dip
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- Gingersnap cookies
– In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
– Beat in the pumpkin, sour cream, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and ginger until blended.
– Serve with gingersnaps. Refrigerate leftovers.
Courtesy of Taste of Home