Most of us have a desire to be physically fit, and do what we can do stay healthy. But what if there are myths out there there are actually causing your fitness to decline? If you could find these myths, and learn the truth behind them, you are much more likely to have success. Here are 4 popular fitness myths you may have heard.
Myth #1: Crunches will help you get a six pack
Crunches are certainly the most well known form of abdominal exercises, but are they the best? Do they actually help you get six pack abs? The short answer is no. The best way to get a six pack is to burn off extra fat around your abdominal region so your underlying muscles can be seen. Crunches don’t burn very many calories, so they won’t help very much. You’re better off doing exercises that move or flex your entire lower body because these usually include your shoulders and butt, which will burn more calories. A good example is full body planks.
Myth #2: Running is bad for your knees
Although running is not as harmful as certain contact sports, it does come with some risks. However, the affect running has on your knees has less do do with the amount of miles you run, and more to do with the shape of your body. Women are actually 4-6 times more likely to have serious knee injuries from running as men due to their body proportions. They tend to have an imbalance in the strength ratio between their quadriceps and hamstrings (front and back thigh muscles), which can increase the risk of ACL injuries. For this reason, women runners may experience more success and fewer injuries by cross training.
Myth #3: Sweat equals calories burned
You may think the more you sweat, the more calories you burn, but this is not true. Although rigorous physical activity is usually accompanied with large amounts of sweat, it’s more scientific than that. Sweat is a biological response that cools your skin and regulates internal body temperature. The amount a person sweats is predetermined by his/her DNA. Some people sweat a lot, while others sweat very little. It’s all very personal.
Myth #4: You should exercise hard every day
Regular exercise is important, but so is rest. Mild bouts of exercise can be done every day, but vigorous exercise needs to be followed by a certain period of rest. When your body works out really hard, it breaks down your muscles. In order to allow those muscles to rebuild again, they must be allowed to rest. If you do want to exercise everyday, it’s recommended that you switch up your routine to allow different muscles groups time the time they need to rest.