Time to get the facts straight. When it comes to fitness, mis information can be harmful.
Forget all you think you know and read this list to get it right.
MYTH: You Can Target Your Fat Burn
FACT: You can reduce overall body fat but you cannot control where the fat comes from. A study from Journal of Strength & Conditioning had 11 people complete a 12 week exercise program where they trained only one leg. Although the training was all on one side, they lost the same amount of body fat in both legs and even more body fat above the waist.
MYTH: You Shouldn’t Work Out on an Empty Stomach
FACT: Studies have shown your body burns more fat if you hit the gym before breakfast. Just remember to keep yourself hydrated.
MYTH: No Pain, No Gain
FACT: We’ve all heard this before but the fact is, it isn’t completely true. A little discomfort is okay but if you have a sharp pain anywhere in your body, stop what you are doing and consult a doctor.
MYTH: You Should Stretch Before You Work Out
FACT: A new study has found that stretching loosens the tendons and makes muscles feel weaker and more unsteady. Stretching before your workout could really mess things up.
MYTH: Lifting Heavy Weights Bulks You Up
FACT: It can slim you down. According to Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, women who lift a challenging weight for eight reps burn nearly twice as many calories as women who do 15 reps with a lighter weight.
MYTH: Exercise Machines beat Free Weights
FACT: The majority of exercise machines are designed for men. This makes it difficult for women to hit proper form when using them. Furthermore, exercise machines target specific muscles so you burn fewer calories using a machine than you would with free weights.