Famous Fitness Myths Debunked

With all the fitness information that’s available, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed, and sometimes it can be hard to determine the truth from the myths. From tips we’ve heard through friends, at the gym, or even read in articles, there are many misconceptions and half-truths about exercise that continue to spread. We’ve addressed the most common fitness myths here:

Myth: Doing ab exercises will get rid of my belly fat.
Fact: You can do crunches until you are blue in the face, and chances are you still won’t have those 6-pack abs. While ab exercises build abdominal strength and muscle, you’ll need to decrease your body fat in order to see those fab abs. The best way to do that is through a combination of cardio and strength training.

Myth: No pain, no gain.
Fact: This is potentially the most dangerous fitness myth out there. While a little soreness and that burn you feel after you’ve worked your muscles to fatigue is normal, feeling pain during your workout is your body’s way of telling you to stop. Trying to work through such pain can result in serious injury.

Myth: Women will build bulky muscles from weight lifting.
Fact: The ability to bulk up has more to do with genetics than gender. Most women do not have enough of the hormone testosterone that is necessary to develop muscle bulk. Strength training is an important component of any well-rounded fitness regimen, and can help to strength and muscle tone, decrease fat and improve bone density.

Myth: You can target one area of the body for spot fat reduction.
Fact: Studies show that it is impossible to lose body fat from a specific body area by targeting that region in your exercise. Fat loss occurs throughout the entire body, and the way to achieve this is through a combination of cardio and strength training, and a sensible diet.

Myth: The more you sweat, the more calories you’re burning.
Fact: How much you sweat isn’t an indication of how much you are exerting yourself during a workout, but rather an indication of your body’s ability to maintain it’s normal temperature.

Myth: If I don’t have enough time to dedicate to a workout, I shouldn’t bother.
Fact: The American Council on Exercise recommends that adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity a day to maintain overall health. People who are trying to lose weight are recommended to get at least 60 minutes a day. However, you don’t have to get your workout done in one shot, you can break that up into 20- or 30-minute segments. And even if you aren’t able to fit a full workout into your day, ANY activity you do is better than none.


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