10 Exercise Myths Debunked
Most people think working out is a good idea, but not everyone exercises correctly. Some people still believe it's good to static stretch before warming up or focus on just one part of their bodies to reduce fat. Make sure you know the facts about fitness in order to efficiently and effectively burn those calories.
Check out 10 myths you shouldn't believe:
1. Women shouldn't lift weights because they will look bulky.
Strength training is crucial for women who want to lose weight. Weight lifting actually helps you burn fat and lose belly flab. Believe it or not, weight training will help you drop a size because the weight comes from muscle, not fat. Holly Perkins, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, told Fitness magazine: "In fact, body weight often goes up with strength training, but dress size goes down one or two sizes." Plus, it would take a massive amount of weight lifting for the average woman to look like a body builder.
2. The machine at the gym accurately counts the number of calories burned.
Don't believe everything you read. According to Jay Cardiello, SHAPE fitness editor and founder of the JCORE Accelerated Body Transformation System, the elliptical is the least accurate when it comes to calorie counting. In fact, most machines overestimate the number of calories burned by a whopping by 42 percent! To combat this issue, try monitoring your heart. Also, you'll know you're at maximum intensity if you have trouble trying to sing the lyrics to your favorite song.