15 Most Common Fitness Tips That Are Doing More Harm To You Than Good

6Myth: Puzzles and games are great workouts for your brain

TRUTH: This is an age-old myth that says these things exercise your brain. Just physical exercise is the best thing for brain health along with a healthy sleep pattern. Recent studies found that aerobic and those exercises that can increase your heart rate are the best type of activity for your brain which protects you against cognitive decline due to aging.

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7Myth: The best way to lose weight is through exercise

TRUTH: This is far from the truth. Regardless of how much you exercise, if you keep consuming junk food, sugars, and refined carbs or even overeating, then you’re just wasting time doing so. Along with exercise, you need to abide by a healthy diet because that plays a major role in your weight loss goals. Phillip Stanforth, an exercise scientist at Texas University says “In terms of weight loss, diet plays a much bigger role than exercise.” That being said, both exercise and diet are an important part of losing weight.

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8Myth: The quickest ticket way to a six-pack is sit-ups

TRUTH: How is that supposed to happen? Sit-ups target only your abdominal muscles. Bit for six packs, you need to target several groups of muscles. The plank targets all these groups along the front, sides, and back of your abdomen. For a strong core and six packs, you need to work out all these muscles.

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Harvard Health authors revealed in their newsletter that “Sit-ups or crunches strengthen just a few muscle groups. Through dynamic patterns of movement, a good core workout helps strengthen the entire set of core muscles you use every day.”

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9Myth: Weight training is for men

TRUTH: And if that is so, then don’t women need muscles to perform their activities? And shouldn’t they strengthen those muscles for a healthy body? Gender doesn’t have anything to do with weight training. Granted that women produce less testosterone and thus it isn’t necessary for women to have bulky muscular bodies unless they choose to do so. Studies have also found that hormones play a role in determining muscle build up.

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10Myth: Getting out of shape doesn’t happen fast, it takes a couple of weeks

TRUTH: Wrong! You can get out of shape within a week if you don’t exercise. Once you stop training, deconditioning starts within a week of rest. This is why you should not stop exercising unless of course, you have valid reasons not to do so.

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