We read a recent post that offered expert insight into the world of exercise and wanted to share it with our fellow Medifasters! Here are our picks for the “Top 5 Exercise Myths.”
Exercise Myth 1
You Will Burn More Fat If You Exercise Longer at a Lower Intensity. The faster you walk, step or run the more calories you use per minute. However, high-intensity exercise is difficult to sustain if you are just beginning or returning to exercise, so you may not exercise very long at this level. It is safer, and more practical, to start out at a lower intensity and work your way up gradually.
Exercise Myth 2
If You’re Not Going to Work Out Hard and Often, Exercise Is a Waste of Time. Research continues to show that 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.
Exercise Myth 3
You should never eat before a workout. “Fuel” from food and fluids is required to provide the energy for your muscles to work efficiently, even if you are doing an early morning workout. Consider eating a small meal or snack one to three hours prior to exercise.
Exercise Myth 4
If You Want to Lose Weight, Stay Away From Strength Training Because You Will Bulk Up. Most exercise experts believe that cardiovascular exercise and strength training are both valuable for maintaining a healthy weight. Strength training helps maintain muscle mass and decrease body fat percentage.
Exercise Myth 5
You have to sweat to have a good workout. Sweating is not necessarily an indicator of exertion-sweating is your body’s way of cooling itself. It is possible to burn a significant number of calories without breaking a sweat: try taking a walk, or doing some light weight training, or working out in a swimming pool.
You can view the full list of “Top 10 Exercise Myths” here.