Top 10 Fitness Myths Exposed

In today’s internet-centric society, information is easier to access than ever before. However, this ease of access is often at odds with the actual accuracy of that information. In the fitness world, there are a number of supposed ‘facts’ which are regularly passed around the internet and thereafter around gyms and fitness clubs, which are wholly inaccurate. When keeping track of your fitness progress, be sure to bear the following in mind.

MythStatic Stretching before Exercise Decreases the Likelihood of Injury.

Research has shown that people who preform static stretches before vigorous exercise actually increase their chances of being injured. Dynamic warm-ups, involving plenty of mobility, help to activate the muscles and reduce the likelihood of subsequent injury.

Myth It is Easier to Burn Fat on an Empty Stomach

While it may be the case that the body will use reserved fat stores when the stomach is empty, exercising on an empty stomach simply burns more muscle instead. The lack of nutrients also leads to a far less productive workout, therefore rendering any fitness tracker results inaccurate.

Myth – Women and Men Require Different Exercises

This particular myth has probably come about due to the sexes concentrating on different areas; men generally focusing on chest and abs and women on gluts and legs. However, overall body structure is very much the same.

MythHot Baths Prevent Muscle Soreness

Post-exercise soreness often occurs when lactic acid creeps into the muscles through dilated blood vessels. By taking a cold bath instead, the coolness of the water will help to close the vessels, giving lactic acid less time to settle.

MythCrunches and Sit-Ups Reduce Stomach Fat

Even the most vigorous set of sit-ups and ab crunches may not lead to the six-pack of your dreams. While these exercises will help to strengthen the muscles in this area, only a controlled diet and overall body workouts will help contribute to a reduction in belly fat.

Myth – More Exercise is Better

Quality is most definitely preferable to quantity in this case. Too much exercise, without allowing for sufficient body recovery time, is actually detrimental to your fitness and could lead to a drop in performance levels.

Myth – Workouts Should Be Painful

Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Muscle fatigue and muscle pain are two very different things that you should learn to distinguish from one another.

Myth – Women Using Heavy Weights Will Bulk Up

As women have less testosterone in their bodies than men, they are much less likely to be able to build large muscles. In fact, training with heavy weights can often lead to weight loss in women.

Myth – You Can Target Specific Areas of the Body for Weight Loss

Unfortunately it is not possible to burn off fat from specific parts of the body. Undertaking exercises which concentrate on certain areas simply strengthens the muscles and does not reduce body fat.

Myth – Running is Bad for your Knees

While running can obviously increase the risk of a knee injury, the likelihood of suffering later in life from conditions such as arthritis is not increased by regularly partaking in this activity.

 

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