Sometimes we believe in something so strongly that we keep up with certain actions, even if they may be wrong. Some exercise myths are old, pervasive, and wrong. Here’s why:
It’s Supposed To Be Fun
Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t. Fun really isn’t the point. The point is how good you feel after you’ve put your body through its paces.
Crunches Flatten Your Belly
They’ll tone your stomach muscles, but they won’t do much to reduce any fat that covers those muscles. You can’t spot-reduce with exercise; if you could, people who chew gum a lot would have thin faces.
You’ll Lose Weight
The scale is not a good measure of how well your exercise program is working. If you lift weights, for example, you’ll lose flab; but because you’re losing fat tissue and replacing it with denser, heavier muscle tissue, your weight may stay the same. The important thing is, you’ll look better.
When You Stop, Muscle Turns To Fat
Hard muscles may degenerate into soft muscles, but they won’t turn into fat. Muscle cells and fat cells are two completely different tissues and neither can ever turn into the other.
No Pain, No Gain
The reality is: ignore pain, no brain. You can get very fit without feeling any serious discomfort, so don’t strain when you train. If it hurts, stop it.