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10 Myths Of Exercising You Don’t Know About

There are many misconceptions regarding exercise that exist till today. Here are some of the most
common exercise myths as well as the not-so-common facts based on current exercise research.

Exercise Myth 1. Low-intensity workout burns more fat

In general, low-intensity exercise has its place — it’s less stressful on joints. However, one should
know that fat reduction depends on the total energy cost or how many calories burned during the
activity. The faster you move, the more calories you use per minute. However, high-intensity exercise
may be difficult to sustain in the beginning, so you may not exercise very long at this level. In such
cases, it is safer and more practical to start out at a lower intensity and to gradually work your way
up.

Exercise Myth 2. Spot reduction works for tighter abs or toner arms

All those crunching may have been done in vain. You will not see a nice muscle definition despite how
many crunches you do because it lays hidden beneath all the layers of fat. Thus, when exercising, do
not focus on a body part. Whole-body exercises work better. This kind of thinking keeps a lot of
people from maintaining or even starting an exercise program. Research continues to show that any
exercise is better than none. For example, regular walking or gardening for as little as an hour a week
has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Exercise Myth 3: Stretching will help prevent injuries

There is little evidence stretching prevents injuries. Current research shows that muscle stretching
does not reduce delayed onset muscle soreness in young healthy adults.  In another study, it is found
that static stretching (staying in one place during stretching) lasting more than a minute can be
detrimental to performance. Athletes often swing their arms and warm up before a game. That type of
dynamic stretching such as high knee jogs, walking lunges can help move your muscles through
different ranges of motions.

regular walking or gardening for as little as an hour a week
has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Exercise Myth 4. If You Exercise Long and Hard Enough, You Will Always Get the Results You
Want.

In reality, genetics plays an important role in how people respond to exercise. Studies have shown a
wide variation in how different exercisers respond to the same training program. Your development of
strength, speed and endurance may be very different from that of other people you know.

Exercise Myth 5. Exercise Is One Sure Way to Lose All the Weight You Desire.

As with all responses to exercise, weight gain or loss is dependent on many factors, including dietary
intake and genetics. All individuals will not lose the same amount of weight on the same exercise
program. It is possible to be active and overweight. However, although exercise alone cannot
guarantee your ideal weight, regular physical activity is one of the most important factors for
successful long-term weight management.

Exercise Myth 6. If You Want to Lose Weight, Stay Away From Strength Training Because You
Will Bulk Up.

Most exercise experts believe that cardiovascular exercise and strength training are both valuable for
maintaining a healthy weight. Strength training helps maintain muscle mass and decrease body fat
percentage.

Exercise Myth 7. Water Fitness Programs Are Primarily for Older People or Exercisers With
Injuries.

Recent research has shown that water fitness programs can be highly challenging and effective for
both improving fitness and losing weight. Even top athletes integrate water fitness workouts into their
training programs.

the “best” program for you is the one you
will participate in consistently.

Exercise Myth 8. The Health and Fitness Benefits of Mind-Body Exercise Like Tai Chi and Yoga
Are Questionable.

Research showing the benefits of these exercises continues to grow. Tai chi, for example, has been
shown to help treat low-back pain and fibromyalgia. Improved flexibility, balance, coordination,
posture, strength and stress management are just some of the potential results of mind-body
exercise.

Exercise Myth 9. Overweight People Are Unlikely to Benefit Much From Exercise.

Studies show that obese people who participate in regular exercise programs have a lower risk of all-
cause mortality than sedentary individuals, regardless of weight. Both men and women of all sizes
and fitness levels can improve their health with modest increases in activity.

Exercise Myth 10. Home Workouts Are Fine, But Going to a Gym Is the Best Way to Get Fit.

Research has shown that some people find it easier to stick to a home-based fitness program. In spite
of all the hype on trendy exercise programs and facilities, the “best” program for you is the one you
will participate in consistently.

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