Fitness Myths Debunked
There is no shortage of fitness information out there. Here are five of the most popular fitness myths debunked.
Myth: If you do enough crunches you will lose excess weight around your middle.
Fact: While working your abdominals (and back) is important in building a strong core, you won’t decrease any excess weight in that specific area by crunches alone. A combination of aerobic exercise and strength training will allow you to reap the benefits of a strong core and possibly reduce those excess pounds, but you can’t pick and choose where you lose weight.
Myth: If you aren’t going to work out hard and often, exercise is a waste of time.
Fact: Research continues to show that some exercise is better than none. Regular walking and gardening for as little as an hour a week has been shown to reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
Myth: Home workouts are fine, but going to the gym is the best way to get fit.
Fact: Some people simply don’t like going to the gym and find it easier to stick to a home-based fitness routine. The best program for you is the one you will participate in consistently.
Myth: Overweight people are unlikely to benefit much from exercise.
Fact: Studies show that obese people who participate in regular exercise have a lower risk of conditions like heart disease than sedentary individuals, regardless of weight. Both men and women of all fitness levels can improve their health with modest increases in their activity level.
Myth: If you want to lose weight, don’t do any strength training or you will bulk up.
Fact: Most fitness experts believe that cardiovascular exercise and strength training are valuable for maintaining a healthy weight. Strength training helps maintain muscle mass and decrease body fat percentage. It will also help prevent any muscle imbalances as we age and help keep us strong and flexible into those golden years.