Fitness Myths

Is your fitness program based on fitness facts or fitness myths?  The results you achieve may very well depend on how you answer that question.

When it comes to fitness it’s often hard to sort the fact from fiction. Especially as we start the annual spring fitness push it seems that everyone has an opinion and everyone is a self-appointed fitness expert. There is a lot of hype about health and fitness, a lot of which comes from marketing campaigns that aim to sell us the newest magic bullet, or the latest and greatest product that will make us well.

The truth is that there is a lot of misinformation in the world of health, and since being armed with accurate information is half the battle, today we will start the count down of the Top 30 Fitness Myths. Each day this week I’ll cover 10 Myths and invite your comments and suggestions for more Myths.

30. Working out in water is a poor choice for burning calories 

Not always true. You can actually burn as much as 17 calories a minute sprinting in chest high water. This is comparable top running at a 5 minute pace.

29. Lactic acid is responsible for muscle soreness a day or two after working out 

The truth is that most lactic acid leave the body through blood circulation within 15 minutes to an hour after working out. Sourness results from by microscopic tears in the muscles.

28. Stretching prevents injuries 

Not True. Although stretching is good for promoting flexibility and balance there are no studies supporting stretching as a means of preventing injuries.

27. Fresh vegetables are more nutritious that frozen vegetables 

Vegetables that have sat on a grocery shelf or on your counter can lose some nutritional value. Frozen vegetables are processed immediately so that they keep all their nutrients.

26. Vitamins give you energy

Wrong! The only way to get energy is from protein, carbohydrates or fat. However, a vitamin deficiency can make you feel sluggish. If you have a deficiency, taking vitamins can help your body convert food into energy.

25. If you stop exercising your muscle will turn to fat 

Not true! Muscle cannot be converted to fat. If you stop exercising, your muscle mass will decrease and a greater percentage of your body weight will be fat.

24. For every pound of muscle you build, your body will burn 50-100 more calories

Actually your body burns between 10-15 calories per pound of muscle. Over time this can be significant. For example, if you gained 10 pounds of muscle, your body could burn up to 54,750 more calories in a year.

23. For weight loss, it’s always better to eat 6 small meals and not 3 large ones

Frequency of eating doesn’t always translate to better calorie control. If you make poor food choices 6 times a day, you’ll increase calories not decrease them.

22. Beginning weight lifters and seniors should stick with machines

Most free weight exercises are safe when using proper form. Plus free weights work the muscles deeper and help develop balance and coordination.

21. If you don’t feel sore after exercising you aren’t getting stronger

Constant soreness isn’t good. If you are still sore it means that you haven’t fully recovered from your last workout. You should feel sore unless you are doing a new exercise or are working out extra hard.

That’s the first ten of the Top 30 Fitness Myths. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know. Also let me know your top fitness myths.


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