It’s easy to fall into the trap: A workout buddy passes along an exercise tip, and then you pass it on to several folks you know. One day, you’re at the fitness gym, and sure enough, you hear the same tip repeated, so you figure it must be true. But in the world of fitness, myths and half-truths get passed around often – and some of them may be keeping you from getting the workout you need.
Some myths are just harmless half-truths, but many others can actually be harmful, according to La Jolla Health Fitness Trainers. They can be very frustrating and sometimes even lead to serious injuries.
One reason myths get started is because we all react a little differently to exercise. So what’s true for one person may not be true for another. In this sense you sometimes have to find your own ‘exercise truths’ – the things that are true for you. That being said, experts say there are also some fitness myths that just need busting, and the sooner the better! So to help put you on the path to a healthier, safer, and more enjoyable workout, we figured we would discuss what’s not true when it comes to exercise tips:
Fitness Myth No. 1: Running on a treadmill puts less stress on your knees than running on asphalt or pavement.
Fitness Myth No. 2: Doing crunches or working on an “ab machine” will get rid of belly fat.
Fitness Myth No. 3: An aerobic workout will boost your metabolism for hours after you stop working out.
Fitness Myth No. 4: Swimming is a great weight loss activity.
Fitness Myth No. 5: Yoga can help with all sorts of back pain.
Fitness Myth No. 6: If you’re not working up a sweat, you’re not working hard enough.
Fitness Myth No. 7: As long as you feel OK when you’re working out, you’re probably not overdoing it.
Fitness Myth No. 8: Machines are a safer way to exercise because you’re doing it right every time.
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.