Want to develop a safe and effective workout? It’s time to ditch these 13 common fitness myths.
1)Myth: Stretch before your workout.
Fact: Recent studies report that pre-workout stretching can reduce both performance and power, said MensFitness.com.
2) Myth: No pain, no gain.
Fact: It’s normal to be uncomfortable. Sharp pain is not normal. Stop immediately and talk to your doctor.
3) Myth: Crunches give you flat abs.
Fact: Not true. Moving your distal trunk — your shoulders and butt — are better, said Health.com. Think planks and bridges, not crunches.
4) Myth: You can target your fat burn.
Fact: You can't. A new study reported, “11 people completed a 12-week program exercising a single leg. Even training only one leg, they lost about the same amount of body fat in both legs. Plus they burned even more body fat above the waist,” according to WomensHealth.com.
5)Myth: The more you sweat, the more you burn.
Fact: Sweat simply cools us down and regulates our internal body temperature. It’s not an indicator of how many calories you burn.
6) Myth: Running is better than walking.
Fact: Walking and running work the same muscles and expend the same overall energy burn. However, walking takes about twice the time as running, to expend the same amount of energy, explained WomensHealth.com.
7) Myth: Treadmill running is less stressful on knees than running on pavement.
Fact: They’re both the same. It's the force of your body weight on your joints that stresses the knees, not the running surface. Want to reduce knee stress? WebMD suggests that you vary your workout.
8) Myth: Treadmill running is the same as running outside.
Fact: Running outside presents more challenges, so it engages more muscles. As such, it requires more energy and burns about 10 percent more calories, wrote WomensHealth.com.