Fitness Fact and Fiction



Think you know the facts about getting fit?

You may be surprised to learn how many are really fiction. (Based on the article in WebMD)

It’s easy to inadvertently pick up, and pass on, unfounded fitness tips. From workout buddies to your kids’ coaches, it seems that everyone has a “must-have” tip to achieve all your fitness goals.

However, experts say that fitness myths and incomplete knowledge abound, potentially keeping you and your family from getting the safest or most effective workout. Know the truth!

“Some myths are just harmless half-truths, but many others can actually be harmful,” says professional triathlete and personal coach Eric Harr, author of The Portable Personal Trainer. “They can cause frustration in working out and sometimes even lead to injury,” he notes.

According to Harr, we all react to exercise a little differently, so what’s true for one person may not be true for another. “In this sense you sometimes have to find your own ‘exercise truths’ – the things that are true for you,” says Harr.

Not only this, but there are also some fitness myths that should be busted as soon as possible.

To help put you and your family on the path to a safer, more effective workout, WebMD got the lowdown from several top experts on what’s true and what’s not when it comes to exercise tips.

Want to know more about each myth and how to tweak your workouts? Head over to WebMD for more details!

Fitness Myth No. 1:

Running on a treadmill puts less stress on your knees than running on asphalt or pavement.

Fitness Myth No. 2:

Doing crunches or working on an “ab machine” will get rid of belly fat.

Fitness Myth No. 3:

An aerobic workout will boost your metabolism for hours after you stop working out.

Fitness Myth No. 4:

Swimming is a great weight loss activity.

Fitness Myth No. 5:

Yoga can help with all sorts of back pain.

Fitness Myth No. 6:

If you’re not working up a sweat, you’re not working hard enough.

Fitness Myth No. 7:

As long as you feel OK when you’re working out, you’re probably not overdoing it.

Fitness Myth No. 8:

Machines are a safer way to exercise because you’re doing it right every time.

Fitness Myth No. 9:

When it comes to working out, you’ve got to feel some pain if you’re going to gain any benefits.