9 Fitness Myths

Fitness Myth No. 1:

Running on a treadmill is better for you because it puts less stress on your joints than running in the street.

NO. Running is running and the impact is from the weight you are putting on that joint.

The best way to reduce knee impact, is to vary your workout. Mix running with other cardio workouts. Elliptical machine or the stationary bike. It will reduce the impact on your knees and you will be able to run for many more years to come.

Fitness Myth No. 2:

Doing crunches or working on an “ab machine” will get rid of belly fat.

You have been staying up late at night again and watching those infomercials. Using an ab crunching machine or device can help strengthen the muscles around your midsection and you will sit and stand straighter. But you will never see those ab muscles without losing the belly fat. You must lower your caloric intake and do more cardio to lose the belly fat and be able to see the ab muscles. Crunches do not help you lose fat. You can’t pick and choose what areas that the fat will burn away from when exercising and dieting. So watch the caloric intake and include both cardiovascular and strength training to your routine.

Fitness Myth No. 3:

An aerobic workout will boost your metabolism for hours after you stop working out.

This statement is actually true. But you burn so few calories the next day, it is almost a joke. Only about 20 extra calories are burned the next day after a killer aerobic workout. Your metabolism does continue to burn at only a slightly higher rate. It is just a little bit higher after a strength training session. But again only a little bit. Not enough to tout it as a big deal in the caloric burn category.  So it’s really just a teeny bit true, but is in the myth category for all the hype.

Fitness Myth No. 4:

Swimming is a great weight loss activity.

Actually swimming is not all that great at helping you lose weight. It’s great to increase your lung capacity and tone muscles. And you can really take out a lot on tension while swimming. You would really need to swim for hours and hours to burn off the calories that people think swimming does. The water prevents you from working as hard as if you were running. Its great exercise if you have any foot, ankle, knee or hip problems. And are unable to run or power walk. But on the bad side, lots of people have commented that they feel hungry after swimming. Not sure what that is all about.

Fitness Myth No. 5:

Yoga can help with all sorts of back pain.

Yoga can help with some back pain, but not all types. If you have muscle-related back pain the stretching and different positions can help. Yoga is also good to help build core (strength and awareness at the center) and that always helps the back. But just the lower back is helped by core. But if your back problems are related other problems (such as a ruptured disc) yoga is not likely to help. What’s more, it could actually irritate the injury and cause you more pain.

If you do have back pain, get your doctor’s OK before starting any type of exercise program.

Fitness Myth No. 6:

If you’re not working up a sweat, you’re not working hard enough.

Sweating does not always mean you are working hard. It’s the body’s way of cooling off. You can really burn a lot of calories and never sweat. Each person is different when it comes to sweat. Some just glow when they sweat and others leave a puddle when the sweat. Walking and light weight training are good exercise and rarely do you sweat.

Fitness Myth No. 7:

As long as you feel OK when you’re working out, you’re probably not overdoing it.

Wrong, wrong, wrong. You do not feel the effects of overdoing it till much later. Sometimes that evening or up to a few days later. If you are just starting out on an exercise routine or returning after an injury. Or even a good case of the lazies. Go slow even if you feel good. It will bite you in the ass later if you do not. And you might injure yourself permanently.

 Fitness Myth No. 8:

Machines are a safer way to exercise because you’re doing it right every time.

It looks like the machine has you lined up the right way. But no. There is a reason when you join a gym someone takes your around and shows you HOW to use each machine. Or when you buy equipment for your home it comes with a long and descriptive how to manual. The incidents of injury on machines is the same as those who exercise without a machine.  Form and function are key to using each machine correctly. It’s imperative you learn the correct way. Or you will regret it later.

Fitness Myth No. 9:

When it comes to working out, you’ve got to feel some pain if you’re going to gain any benefits.

Of all the fitness rumors ever to have surfaced, experts agree that the “no pain-no gain” holds the most potential for harm. Someone should have stuffed a sock in Jane’s mouth 30 years ago.  There is a little soreness to be expected after a workout. But it should never be painful. There is a big difference between pain and soreness. One is Ibuprofen and the other is a Percocet. If you do feel pain and it does not go away. Please go see a doctor. You might have injured something without knowing it.