Most men go on living life believing in bro science. There are so many health and fitness beliefs that most of us have followed over the years thinking it's good for us. But sometimes, unless you're well informed about it, you'll do something that doesn’t really help you. Lucky for you, we did the research to bust these myths to help change your habits—with real input from experts.
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The Health Myth: Kapag natuyuan ka ng pawis, magkakasakit ka!
The Real Score: As kids, we were all told to change dry clothes as if keeping our sweaty shirt on is life threatening. But it's not really that bad. “Absorbing sweat through skin is not a cause for disease,” says Gia Sison. M.D., D.P.C.O.M., an occupational medicine specialist and chief medical officer for Global Telehealth, Inc., the team behind www.konsulta.md.
Most ailments are caused by bacterial and viral elements. The only time sweat drying up on you can be a problem is if you don't practice proper hygiene. “Some have allergic reactions to their own sweat,” says Dr. Sison. So please remember to take showers, man.
The Fitness Myth: Doing tons of sit-ups and crunches will unleash your abs
The Real Score: It's a common epidemic in the months leading to Laboracay, but you can do crunches and sit-ups by the thousands but it won’t give you those pandesal formations. “Everyone has abs but it's covered in fat. Having [visible] abs is a matter of leanness,” explains Diego Lozano, head trainer at Athlete's Lab gym in Mandaluyong City.
To expose them, you need to have a low body fat percentage. To achieve that means you need a combination of a really strict diet and a regular workout consisting of moves that target more muscles groups and cardio. So you can crunch all day and night but unless you do the combo we mentioned, all you'll have is a sore belly.
The Health Myth: Any tinted pair of sunglasses is enough to protect your eyes from the sun
The Real Score: Some guys pride themselves in owning cheaply bought pairs of shades that look funky. While you might look stylish, your eyes aren't really protected from the sun. "UVA and UVB rays are damaging to the eyes and you need lenses that protect from those," says Johann Michael Reyes, M.D., D.P.B.O., and ophthalmologist and refractive surgery specialist at the Medical City in Pasig.
So unless that maglalako at the beach is selling tinted lenses with UVA and UVB protection, you're better off spending money on a quality pair—for your eyes' sake.
The Fitness Myth: Running alone can build leg muscles
The Real Score: There are guys out there that can out lift everyone at the gym doing upper body exercises but tend to chalk up working on their legs to the fact that they run. But running alone won't cure chicken legs. “Sooner or later you need some muscle tearing in order for your leg muscles to repair and grow,” says Lozano. That can only occur if you also do resistance exercises. Don't forget to do your squats, lunges, and deadlifts, gym bros!
The Health Myth: Catching up on sleep on weekends makes up for your puyat weekdays
The Real Score: While you think sleeping in on your days off makes up for your YOLO-ing during the week, it won't. Young people tend to get away with this but once you get older you'll start feeling it more. Restorative sleep, the type that helps repair your body from the stresses of your day is between six to eight hours per day. So it's best to keep it that way, says Dr. Sison. When you're often sleep deprived, you're more at risk for heart ailments, stress, depression, and accidents, since you won't be that alert!
The Fitness Myth: All calories are equal
The Real Score: There's a theory that you can eat anything for as long as it fits your daily caloric requirements which can either help you stay in shape, or lose weight. This might work if you're after aesthetics. “Fitness and nutrition shouldn't be based on aesthetics alone, but based on how your body feels and performs,” stresses Lozano. It's always better to have a balance of nutrients in your body from whole sources like meats, fruits, and vegetables rather than junk. Think about it, would you rather you're lean but you have no energy whatsoever?
The Health Myth: Don’t take showers straight after a workout or a long day, mapapasma ka!
The Real Score: Pasma or what Pinoys commonly point as a condition when you have sweaty palms and shaky hands is still not scientifically proven to be a real. Hence, if you take showers straight after a workout it’s perfectly fine, says Dr. Sison. Taking a hot or warm shower is good for you as it increases blood flow to the muscles which helps facilitate recovery after your grueling session.
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