Exercise

Myth vs. Fact

Although some old fitness fictions, such as "no pain, no gain" and "spot reducing" are fading fast, plenty of popular exercise misconceptions still exist. Here are some of the most common myths as well as the not-so-common facts based on current exercise research.

If you're not going to work out hard and often, exercise Is a waste of time.

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.

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.

Exercise is one sure way to lose all the weight you desire.

As with all responses to exercise, weight gain or loss is impacted by 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.

If you want to lose weight, stay away from strength training because you will bulk up.

Exercise experts believe that a combination of cardiovascular exercise and strength training are both valuable for maintaining a healthy weight. Strength training helps maintain muscle mass and decrease body fat percentage and it helps boost your metabolism.

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.

Home workouts are fine, but going to a gym Is the best way to get fit.

The "best" program for you is the one you will participate in consistently.

Source: IDEA Health & Fitness Association

 

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