Fitness can be tricky enough without added myths or fabricated ideas. According to an article by health.com, the following are some of the most common fitness myths in existence.
Myth #1: Crunches are the most effective exercise in terms of developing abs
Fact: While crunches certainly are a great exercise to aid in toning the abdominal region, core-strength exercises are actually the most effective in terms of building and toning abs. Try planking if you’re looking to tone your tummy.
Myth #2: The more you sweat, the more calories and fat burned.
Fact: Each and every person’s body differs in biology, therefore not all persons sweat the same during exercise. Some people sweat excessively, others not at all. Sweat is not an indication of how vigorously you’re working.
Myth #3: A workout must last for 45 minutes in order for it to be effective.
Fact: While a 45-minute workout is a great opportunity to engage a variety of key muscle groups in a workout, it is not the required time for a workout to be effective. Any exercise, whether it be a 10-minute period or a 60-minute period, will benefit the body.
Myth #4: Working out every day is necessary when trying to lose weight,
Fact: Working out seven days a week may seem like a good strategy in regard to weight-loss, however, the body requires rest days when it is enduring strenuous physical activity. If you’re a beginner, take a rest day every other day. If you’re advanced, be sure to take one rest day in a week.
Myth #5: Yoga burns a large number of calories.
Fact: Yoga is a great way to enhance flexibility and core-strength, but it does not burn the same amount of calories as other high-intensity activities, for example spinning. A 50-minute yoga session burns roughly 237 calories.
Hopefully, this post helped to clarify some common misconceptions regarding exercise. Fitness is a great thing to engage in, but be sure to know what is a myth and what is fact.