What Exercise Myths Do You Know?
It’s easy with exercise myths to fall into the trap: A workout buddy passes along an exercise tip, and then you pass it on to several folks you know. Your kid’s coach gives you advice, and sure enough you hear the same thing from several other parents. So you figure it must be true.
But experts say that in the world of fitness, myths and half-truths abound – and some of them may be keeping you and your family from getting the best and safest workout.
One reason myths get started is that we all react to exercise a little differently. So what’s true for one person may not be true for another.
Don’t believe everything you hear on those late-night infomercials! While an ab-crunching device might “help strengthen the muscles around your midsection and improve your posture,” being able to “see” your abdominal muscles has to do with your overall percentage of body fat. If you don’t lose the belly fat, you won’t see the ab muscles.
But can doing ab crunches help you to lose that belly fat? Experts say no.
You can’t pick and choose areas where you’d like to burn fat. So crunches aren’t going to target weight loss in that area. In order to burn fat, you should create a workout that includes both cardiovascular and strength-training elements. This will decrease your overall body fat content, including the area around your midsection.
Find out 10 more busted exercise myths in the infographic below! Which one do you already know? Do you have another point to add? Share with us in a comment!