whatever man ventures into he is always surrounded
by myths which are sometimes imbibed into him from
childhood and sometimes through various other channels.
Here are some of the most common exercise myths based
on current exercise research.
1. You Will Burn More Fat If
You Exercise Longer at a Lower Intensity.
This is the biggest myths that one has. The most important
focus in exercise is the amount of fats that you burn
while you are doing that activity. The faster you
walk, step or run, for example, the more calories
you use per minute. However, high-intensity exercise
is difficult to sustain if you are a beginner or you
have not exercised for a while, 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
2. If You're Not Going to
Work Out Hard and Often, Exercise Is a Waste of Time.
This kind of thinking keeps a lot of people from maintaining
or even starting an exercise program. 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.
3. Yoga Is a Completely Gentle and Safe Exercise.
Well this belief is very wrong. Yoga is an excellent
form of exercise, but some styles are quite rigorous
and demanding both physically and mentally. As with
any form of exercise, qualified, careful instruction
is necessary for a safe, effective workout. Some exercises
if not continued and abruptly stopped can cause serious
4. Regular Exercise Will
Help You Lose Weight Quickly.
This is also a wrong belief. In reality, genetics
play an important role in how people respond to exercise.
Studies have shown that a group of people who have
been following the same set of exercises response
differently and weight loss is also different.
5. Exercise Alone Will Keep
Your Weight In Check.
This is the general misconception. Weight gain or
loss is depends on various factors, including dietary
intake and genetics. All individuals will not lose
the same amount of weight on the same exercise program.
It is possible to be active and overweight. However,
although exercise alone cannot guarantee your ideal
weight, regular physical activity is one of the most
important factors for successful long-term weight
6. Home Workouts Are Fine, But
Going to a Gym Is the Best Way to Get Fit.
Research has shown that some people find it
easier to stick to a home-based fitness program. In
spite of all the hype on trendy exercise programs
and facilities, the "best" program for you is the
one you will participate in consistently.