3 Exercise myths busted

By: Health Local Staff Mar 08, 2013
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The truth about common fitness beliefs.

We hear all kinds of myths about exercise and believing some of these legends could actually be preventing you from getting the most out of exercise. Let’s take a look at some of these exercise beliefs.

MYTH: Working Out At the Gym Gets You Better Results
You don’t need to hit the gym to get results from your exercise. The point of going to the gym is to burn calories and maybe some strength training. If you can afford a gym membership and enjoy working out with others then by all means do it. Just know that you can get the same, if not better results by working out at home or outside. Everyday activities like cleaning and running around after the kids can help you burn calories. Adding some walking or home aerobics will also help you burn calories while also giving you a comfortable convenient option that can be done on your own schedule so that you’re more likely to stick to it.

MYTH: Some Times of the Day Are Better for Working Out Than Others
This is only true if you are an athlete who is looking to get the best possible quality of a workout in, in which case late afternoon is the way to go as your body temperature is at its highest and your muscles are warmed up. Aside from that, there is no time that’s better than others. Your best bet is to workout at whatever time you are more likely to follow through with a good workout. For many, that is first thing in the morning before starting your day because you’re less likely to let other things interfere with your workout time.

MYTH: Running is Better than Walking for Weight Loss
This is NOT true! Running and walking burn almost the same amount of calories if you are walking quickly. You may burn calories off faster with running, but as far as distance goes it is almost the same, meaning that a walker and a runner who cover the same distance will burn approximately the same calories. The only real benefit to running is that it can save you some time. Study upon study has found that how much time you exercise is more important that how you exercise, so feel free to walk if it’s what you prefer and make sure you do it for at least an hour to make it worth your while.

Keep these busted myths in mind the next time you set out for a workout! Getting out there and moving is more important that following any fad or risking your time, money, or health on some myth. Nike was onto something when they said just do it.

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