June 2018

Common Myths About Exercise

Here are some common myths – and the real truth – about exercise.

1. Myth: You can target your fat burn. Truth: Working out can reduce overall fat, but you can’t control on what part of your body.

2. Myth: Lifting heavy weights bulks up women. Truth: Lifting weights tones your body, and can prevent loss of muscle mass and bone density.

3. Myth: Crunches are the best moves for your core. Truth: Crunches are one of the least effective exercises -increase your cardio workouts and add resistance training that targets the entire core.

4. Myth: Exercise can erase a bad diet. Truth: Diet and nutrition actually play a larger role in weight management and cancer prevention.

5. Myth: When you stop strength training, muscle turns to fat. Truth: When you stop , you lose muscle mass and your metabolism slows down, which can lead to weight gain.

6. Myth: You need to spend hours in the gym. Truth: To get the most out of your workout, exercise smarter by strength training before doing aerobic exercises.

7. Myth: Stretch before exercising. Truth: It’s more effective to stretch after you exercise when muscles and joints are warm.

Click here to read the full article on the MD Anderson website.

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