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Published on December 11, 2014

5 Fitness Myths That May Be Sabotaging Your Workout

Workout Myths and Facts

Workout Myths and Facts

When it comes to health and fitness, there are many misconceptions about exercise. Gaining a better understanding about how the body responds to physical activity will help you achieve your fitness goals. According to John Roche, Outpatient  PT Supervisor, understanding these five exercise myths and facts can help you get better results:

MYTH: Your cardio machine shows the calories that you are burning during your workout.

FACT: Because most of these machines do not request information about your body composition (height, weight, age, etc.), the calculations are just a generalization and not an accurate calculation of calories burned.  


MYTH: You can get a six-pack by doing crunches.

FACT: Your high intensity crunch workout may produce a six-pack or a well-developed set of abdominal muscles, but it may not be visible to the eye due to the layer of fat resting on top of your muscles.  Make sure to incorporate a good amount of cardio into your workout to help minimize your overall body fat.


MYTH: You can outwork a bad diet.                                    

FACT: Exercise will help you build muscles and burn calories, but if you have terrible eating habits, you are not likely to get the results you are working to attain.  In order to lose weight, you must burn more calories than you consume.


MYTH: Intense exercise every day will help you get results faster.

FACT: When your exercise routine is too intense, you are less likely to maintain your routine due to muscle soreness.  It is important to allow your muscles to recover so that your form is not compromised during your workouts. However, you don’t need to completely forgo a workout on your off days. Consider doing light exercise such as taking a brisk walk on your recovery days.  It is better to have a few days of quality workouts with time to rest in between than to work out every day with mediocre effort.


MYTH: Lifting heavy weights will make you get bulky.           

FACT: Actually, it takes a lot of heavy lifting and supplements to gain bulk.  Lifting weights increases calorie burn, works to decrease body fat and will increase the strength in your muscles.  You’ll get faster results if you establish a workout routine that incorporates both cardio and weight training.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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