Fitness goals are personalized targets which are tailored according to an individual's preferences, abilities and aspirations, to help provide direction and motivation for one's fitness journey.

Smashing your fitness goals for the year can be a challenging but rewarding journey. Here are some myths and facts about smashing your fitness goals:

- Myth: If you don't work out, your muscles will turn into fat
Fact: This is a common misconception. Muscles and fat are two different types of tissue, and one cannot turn into the other. When you stop working out, your muscles may shrink or lose tone, but they won't transform into fat.

- Myth: Carbs make you fat
Fact: Carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient and provide energy for your body. Consuming excessive calories from any source, including carbs, can lead to weight gain. However, when consumed in moderation and as part of a balanced diet, carbs are not inherently fattening.

- Myth: Eating late at night makes you fat
 Fact: The timing of your meals does not directly cause weight gain. What matters more is the total number of calories you consume throughout the day. If you eat more calories than your body needs, regardless of the time, you may gain weight. It's important to focus on overall calorie balance and make healthy food choices.

- Myth: You need cardio to lose weight
 Fact: While cardio exercises can be effective for weight loss, they are not the only way to achieve it. Strength training and a balanced diet are also important for weight management. Strength training helps build muscle, which can increase your metabolism and aid in weight loss.

- Myth: If you don't feel any pain the day after a workout, it means your exercise was all for nothing
Fact: While muscle soreness can be an indicator of a good workout, it's not the only measure of success. Not feeling sore doesn't mean your exercise was ineffective.

Remember, everyone's fitness journey is unique, and it's important to find what works best for you. 

Set realistic goals, stay consistent, and listen to your body. These are key factors to smashing your fitness goals.

Daniella Obuwan Oshiame

Daniella Obuwan Oshiame is a Professional Health & Nutrition Writer, with 4 Certifications in Health & Nutrition-related Fields. She enjoys writing health, nutrition, vegan, & fitness articles to educate and keep people informed.
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