Fiction Vs. Fact
Although old fitness fictions like "no pain, no gain" are fading fast, plenty of misconceptions still exist. Following are some of the most common myths, counteracted by the latest research.
FICTION: You will burn more fat if you exercise longer at a lower intensity.
FACT: The most important focus in exercise and weight control is how many calories are burned during the activity. The faster you walk, step or run, the more calories you use per minute. However, high-intensity exercise may be more difficult to sustain.
FICTION: If you're not going to work out hard and often, exercise is a waste of time.
FACT: Any exercise is better than none. For example, regular walking or gardening for as little as an hour a week has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.
FICTION: If you exercise long and hard enough, you will always get the results you want.
FACT: In reality, genetics plays an important role in how people respond to exercise. Your development of strength, speed, and endurance may be very different from that of other people you know.
FICTION: The health and fitness benefits of mind-body exercise like t'ai chi and yoga are questionable.
FACT: The benefits abound! T'ai Chi, for example, has been shown to help treat low-back pain and fibromyalgia. Improved flexibility, strength, and stress management are just some of the benefits.
FICTION: Home workouts are fine, but going to a gym is the best way to get fit.
FACT: Some people find it easier to stick to a home-based fitness program. In spite of all the hype on trendy exercise programs and facilities, the best program for you is the one you will participate in consistently.
This information was provided by IDEA.
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