Myth: If your workout is not resulting in weight loss, you’re wasting your time.
Fact: Most weight loss is due to reducing calorie and fat intake. Rigorous exercise benefits are endless – clearer thinking, lower risk of stroke, heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, etc.
Myth: Only lift weights if you want to muscle-up.
Fact: Lift weights anyway. It’s indispensable in preventing muscle and bone loss. “Strengthening your muscles also decreases your body fat percentage and increases the rate at which your body burns calories, which can help with weight management.”
Myth: If you exercise regularly, you can be a couch potato all day long.
Fact: Being a couch potato for long periods is detrimental even for people committed to regular daily exercise. Research has found that this bad habit elevates the risk of various diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Myth: You must stretch before every work-out.
Fact: Stretching cold muscles has almost no value, and may cause injury. Muscles benefit from stretching when warm, after a work-out.
Myth: You can burn fat by exercising specific areas of your body.
Fact: Spot reduction is a common myth. Exercise burns fat in all your body, including the targeted area.
Myth: If you exercise before going to bed you will get a good night’s sleep.
Fact: The National Sleep Foundation recommends not exercising 3 hours before bedtime. Increasing your body temperature will inhibit a good night’s sleep.
Consumer Health Reports, March 2012
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