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October 09, 2015



5 Fitness Myths You Should Stop Falling For

If there’s anything we value at Healbe, it’s the role we play in your health by giving you personalized insights into your daily activities. When it comes to fitness, GoBe users have many ways of getting their daily exercise in--whether it be biking, walking the dog, or hitting the gym. Yet there’s one thing about fitness that many get wrong: there is no one-size-fits-all approach to it. That’s why we at Healbe gathered five of the most common misconceptions about getting fitter (and healthier).

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1. Do crunches for a 6-pack.

Not true! All the crunches in the world won’t get you a 6-pack if you’re eating too much. After all, everyone has ab muscles--but you won’t be able to see them if there’s a layer of fat above them. If you want a 6-pack, or even just more defined abs, GoBe counts calories for you to help make sure you have the right foundation for them first. Once your diet is optimized for your ab goals, then incorporate ab exercises that will strengthen your core into your workout routine.

2. If you want to lose weight, work out hard and often.

We’re sure you’ve probably heard the expression: “no pain, no gain,” but it’s not that simple. Working out is great for you, but you don’t have to train like a marathon runner every time to get results. Even moderate exercise has been shown to reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke--and your GoBe will help you monitor your fitness habits as well as your heart. 

3. A protein bar is a good substitution for an actual meal.

Never! Right off the bat, skipping meals isn’t good for you, but to substitute them with protein bars is really not good for you. Protein bars are very processed and usually high in carbohydrates and sugars--this means that they require fewer calories to digest, diminishing their benefit. While protein bars are a better snack option than a candy bar, they’re definitely not a good replacement for a meal. Luckily, the GoBe can help you see which snacks give you the best bang for your caloric buck.

4. Find one type of exercise that works and stick with it.

Variety is the spice of life… and your workout routine! In fact, focusing only on one type of exercise will almost always lead to injury. Just like the ideal balanced diet should include equal amounts of fruits, vegetables, grains, and healthy fats and carbohydrates--so should your workout regimen incorporate strength, cardio, and mobility exercises.

5. You can eat whatever you want if you work out hard enough.

Sure, you can eat whatever you want--if it’s in moderation. But your workout routine shouldn’t be for the purpose of cancelling out a ton of extra calories; it should balance and compliment your diet. Think about it like this: working out is about 30% of losing weight, while developing healthier eating habits is 70%. Your GoBe helps you maintain those habits more easily, so you can focus on living a healthier, balanced life.

With these tips in mind, your new-and-improved workout regimen is sure to give you major results. Make sure you have your GoBe with you to track your progress and give you valuable insights about your health habits along the way!

GoBe You!

Please note that while the Healbe GoBe bracelet is designed to provide you with information about the conditions and trends in the physical state of your body, Healbe GoBe is not meant to be used as a medical device and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease; also note that it should not be used as a substitution for expert medical advice. Healbe GoBe measures the basic characteristics of your body using unique technology and algorithms to provide you with accurate data (including consumed and burned calories, step count and distance walked, energy balance, sleep quality, stress level, and heart-rate), but the accuracy of the GoBe's readings depends on the accuracy of the personal data you put in your profile and whether or not you are using the GoBe correctly.

Healbe recommends that you always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health expert with any questions you may have regarding a health condition, diet, or physical fitness program.


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