10 fitness myths that would actually be harmful to your body

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10 fitness myths that would actually be harmful to your body

There are a lot of myths surrounding fitness issues, and they have proven to be exceedingly controversial. However, it is of significant importance to know them, because they are in a direct relationship with your health. Some myths are just harmless half-truths, but many others can actually be harmful. One reason these myths get started is that people’s bodies react a little differently to exercise in comparison with one another. So, what works for one person may not work for another. Each person is unique, so you have to find what works for you and act based on that. To help put you and your family on the path to a healthier, safer, and more enjoyable workout, we will help you discover about 10 myths that are not true and might even be harmful to your health.  

1: Running on a treadmill poses less pressure on your knees than running on asphalt or pavement.

Running is a great workout, but it can have a negative impact on the knees - and since it's the force of your body weight on your joints that causes the pressure, there is no difference if you're running on a treadmill or on asphalt. The best way to reduce this negative impact on the knee is to shift your workouts. If you mix running with other cardio activities, like an elliptical machine, or ride a stationary bike, you will reduce this negative impact and therefore will be able to continue your workout for a longer amount of time without doing any injuries.

2: Doing crunches or working on an "ab machine" will get rid of belly fat.

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. nevertheless, can doing ab crunches help you lose that belly fat? Experts say no. this means that 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.  

3: Stretching before a workout prevents injuries

Reaching for your toes before a workout—aka static stretching, the stuff we were all taught to do in the gym class—can actually cause injury. Save that type of stretching for after your workout. Before working out, warm up with some light cardio and then do movement-based, dynamic stretches, like arm and leg swings, which will provide the foundation for a better workout.

4: A detox will reset your system and help you lose weight

The problem with myths is that they often come with a hint of truth, like this one. After all, you will see some initial weight loss when you forgo solid foods. But a lengthy detox can actually slow down your metabolism and make it harder to maintain the weight you have reached during this period. Plus, you’ll lose muscle mass and when you inevitably gain some of the weight back, it’ll be as fat and not muscle. As a result, your body will be less fit and less healthy than it was before you started the detox. Consistent and smart food choices are always the way to go for long-term fitness results.

5: To stay in shape, you only need to work out once or twice a week.

Working out once or twice a week won't cut it for sustained health benefits. A minimum of three days per week is best for a structured exercise plan. Technically, you should do something every day, and by something, I mean physical activity - just move. Because studies show that sitting around undoes whatever you might have done in the way of physical activity.

6: The best time to work out is first thing in the morning.

The truth of the matter is that the best time for a workout is whenever you can exercise most consistently. Ideally, you want to make physical fitness a daily habit, so if late-night trips to the gym are your thing, stick with it. If you prefer a morning run, do that instead. 

7: You Should Never Take A Rest Week

Sometimes life gets stressful, you get a hint of an injury, your training has hit a wall and you just need a break. Taking a week or a couple of days off could be to your benefit and prevent your body from burning out all of its energy. In fact, getting the right amount of rest is essential to helping your body lose weight. If you are an intermediate or advanced lifter and have been training hard for more than 8 weeks, then you should try having a rest week and see how your performance improves.

8: If you are not working up a sweat, you are not working hard enough.

Sweating is not necessarily an indicator of strain, Sweating is your body’s way of cooling itself. It's possible to burn a significant number of calories without breaking a sweat: Try taking a walk or doing some light weight training.

9: Working out with equipment is a safer way to exercise because you are doing it right every time.

Experts say that although it may seem as if an exercise machine automatically puts your body in the right position and helps you do all the movements correctly, it’s essential to note that this is only true if the machine is properly adjusted to your weight and height. Unless you have a coach or a trainer or someone to figure out what is the right setting for you, you can make just as many mistakes in form and function, and have just as high a risk of injury on a machine as when you work out without the use of exercising equipment.

10:  Exercising on an empty stomach first thing in the morning burns fat faster

The theory behind this is if there’s nothing in your stomach, your body will be constrained to burn fat for energy. The reality is that our body may turn to muscles for fuel, which, in turn, will give you less energy for your workout and will potentially cause dehydration, hyperglycemia, and lightheadedness. Some experts also caution that this method could actually slow down your metabolism. To optimize your workout, eat a light, easily digestible meal 90 minutes before exercising.

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