Worst Exercise Myths


ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — A recent study found more than 110-thousand deaths could be prevented per year in the US if adults over age 40 spent an additional 10 minutes a day engaged in physical activity. So, what’s holding Americans back when it comes to getting active? It could be what you don’t know! Ivanhoe reports on the worst exercise myths!

Exercise can boost energy, promote weight loss, improve sleep, and lessen your risk for a slew of health conditions! But there are a lot of myths about physical activity that could prevent you from reaping the full benefits. The first fallacy: Lifting heavy weights will cause women to bulk up. The truth is women have lower levels of testosterone, so they won’t build massive muscles. Another myth: You can reduce fat in a specific area. You can’t control what part of your body burns fat. Also – if you’ve been told to stick with one type of activity, you’ve been misinformed. That’s because your body gets used to it.

Lacole Broadus, Celebrity Trainer, explains, “Switch it up. If you’re running all the time, take a break and do Pilates and then go back to it.”

Another myth: Running is bad for your knees. Northwestern Medicine says that regular running strengthens the joints and protects against osteoarthritis. Also, you might have heard that you need to stretch before a workout – but this is untrue. It’s more effective to stretch after a workout when your muscles are warm. Also, the notion that exercise will offset a bad diet is also false! Diet and nutrition typically play a larger role than exercise when it comes to weight management. And if you’ve been told results from exercise come quickly, think again.

Personal Trainer, Curtis McGee says “When you’re involved in the gym, you’re probably looking at about four to six weeks before you should honestly begin to start to see some changes.”

Debunking some of the worst exercise myths.

Another common myth is that you have to sweat to have a good workout. Factors like temperature, humidity, and your hydration levels may affect how much you sweat. Additionally, some people’s bodies are just more efficient at cooling themselves, so they sweat less.

Contributors to this news report include: Julie Marks, Producer; Roque Correa , Editor.







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BACKGROUND: Exercise involves engaging in physical activity and increasing the heart rate beyond resting levels. It is an important part of preserving physical and mental health. Globally, one in four adults do not meet the global recommended levels of physical activity. People who are insufficiently active have a 20 percent to 30 percent increased risk of death compared to people who are sufficiently active. More than 80 percent of the world’s adolescent population is insufficiently physically active. There are three different types of exercise that people can participate in – aerobic, anaerobic, and agility training. Physical activity contributes to preventing and managing noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes, it also reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety, enhances thinking, learning, and judgment skills, ensures healthy growth and development in young people, and improves overall well-being.

(Sources: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/153390#types-and-benefits


TYPES AND BENEFITS: Aerobic exercise aims to improve how the body uses oxygen. Most aerobic exercise takes place at average levels of intensity over longer periods. An aerobic exercise session involves warming up, exercising for at least 20 minutes, and then cooling down. Aerobic exercise mostly uses large muscle groups. Some of the benefits of aerobic exercise are: improves muscle strength in the lungs, heart, and whole body, lowers blood pressure, improves sleep hygiene, and stimulates bone growth. Anaerobic exercise does not use oxygen for energy. People use this type of exercise to build power, strength, and muscle mass. Anaerobic exercises include weighlifting, sprinting, and interval training. While all exercise benefits the heart and lungs, anaerobic exercise provides fewer benefits for cardiovascular health than aerobic exercise and uses fewer calories. However, it is more effective than aerobic exercise for building muscle and improving strength. Agility training aims to improve a person’s ability to maintain control while speeding up, slowing down, and changing direction. People who take part in sports that heavily rely on positioning, coordination, speed, and balance need to engage in agility training regularly. Agility training sports include American football, tennis, soccor, and martial arts.

(Source: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/153390#types-and-benefits)

NEW REGULATIONS: You’ve heard it before: exercise can replace a bad diet or crunches give you six-pack abs. Such “gym-talk” has led to many common myths about the dos and don’ts of exercise. But this fact remains clear – exercise is one of the best things you can do to lower your risks for many cancers. This includes colon, breast and endometrial cancers. Regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress and strengthen your immune system. It also curbs your risk of diabetes and heart disease. The top seven myths of exercise are: 1. You can target your fat burn. 2. Lifting heavy weights bulk up women. 3. Crunches are the best moves for your core. 4. Exercise can erase a bad diet. 5. When you stop strength gaining, muscle turns to fat. 6. You need to spend hours in the gym. 7. Stretch before exercising.

(Source: https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/exercise-myths.h12-1589046.html)

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