5 Myths About Exercise – A Quick Refresher

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard and read the myths about exercise many times. Some you may believe, some may seem far-fetched and some are worth repeating. 

Here are just 5 that I found most useful and worth repeating – one overall and one for each type of exercise.

If  you’ve heard any really strange myths you want share – drop us a line and we’ll publish the most bizarre…  [Share here…]

Myth #1:

If I walk on the treadmill for 2.5 hours this week I’ve met my recommended activity goals.

Truth #1:

Well, not exactly. While the 2.5 hours are great, and US physical activity guidelines indicate that 150 minutes a week are needed to stay fit, they also recommend 2 days of strength training. It’s up to you to get the most of the time you put into your exercise routines by performing all 4 types of exercise each week. Balance, Endurance, Strength and Flexibility.  [Visit us for additional resources…]

Myth #2:

I am steady on my feet so I don’t need to do exercises for my Balance.

Truth #2:

While most people work on their Strength and Endurance and their Stability (Balance) gets some attention while doing lower-body exercising, it’s not enough. As any athlete can tell you – Stability is an important part of their physical fitness routine and that helps them maintain their equilibrium. Test yourself by seeing how long you can stand on one leg.

Tip:  As you age it becomes increasingly important not to neglect your Balance routines – don’t wait until you begin having Stability problems to improve yours.

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Myth #3:

Running (Endurance) exercises will guarantee you’ll lose weight.

Truth #3:

While running does use a lot of calories, it isn’t for everyone and it’s not the only way to lose weight. But high reps and low weights won’t build endurance either. Any form of activity where you elevate your heart rate and breathing will increase your endurance. And don’t be fooled, if your caloric intake is more than you use exercising (any form) you won’t lose weight. Also be careful that the weight you lose isn’t both muscle and fat – you need to have good nutrition no matter what your activity of choice is.

Myth #4:

I should stretch before every workout to avoid injury.

Truth #4:

Believe it or not, Stretching shouldn’t be part of your warm-up routine. In Fact, Stretching is what you do to improve your Flexibility and should  be done after a 10 minute warm-up.

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Myth #5:

Using Heavy Weights will make me look like a body builder.

Truth #5:

Strength training is important to your routine but nutrition is an important factor in your ability to bulk-up as a result of your weight training routines. Unless you put some serious time into weight training, bulking-up won’t be a problem so don’t worry about it at all.

And don’t be fooled into thinking that high-reps of light weight can tone your body. The most important factor is the amount of fat loss that occurs while you are exercising. The way to tone-up is to make activity an important part of your life, for your life.

Please visit us at ProfessionalsHealthConnection.com for additional resource, some great book suggestions, exercise and more. Thanks for reading – we hope you enjoyed these refresher facts!!


Author: Joan E Wilder

We provide information and motivation focused on the importance of physical activity to our quality of life. It is our hope to help people invest in themselves by staying active throughout their lives. It's that important.

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  1. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:
    I get this after I check one or both comments. . . in red. . . .but never posts! When we get together, can you show me?


    1. Hi Gary,
      I was able to see your comment when you replied to the new blog email you received. I checked the setting and saw that it was too restrictive. Please try again.

      Thank you for your patience while we worked through this issue!

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  2. My husband and I had a discussion about Balance – he said that he has no need for balance exercises – I want to know why he wants to wait until he’s having problems. I’ll share this with him – thank you!!

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