Work out smarter after reading the truth about these fitness myths!
MYTH: You won’t get as good of a workout on an empty stomach.
FACT: While water is a necessity before a workout, a meal is not. The British Journal of Nutrition found that your body burns more fat on an empty stomach.
MYTH: Exercise machines are better than free weights.
FACT: While machines are indeed beneficial, they make it difficult for the maximum amount of muscles to be used. Machines isolate specific muscle groups, while free weights burn more calories because no muscle movement is restricted.
MYTH: Running on a treadmill is the same as running outside.
FACT: Running outside adds extra force such as wind or rugged terrain, which in turn forces your body to exert more energy. Studies have found that running outside can burn up to 10% more calories than running on a treadmill.
MYTH: Sweating is a sign that you are out of shape.
FACT: It is actually the opposite! The more fit you are, the sooner you begin to sweat. The more you workout, the more your body learns to sweat, according to Beth Stover, M.S., C.S.C.S., a senior scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.
MYTH: Crunches are the best moves for your core.
FACT: Crunches are helpful, but you’ll see quicker results with exercises that tap into several regions of your core at once. Opt for V-ups, bicycles, or flutter kicks to kick it up a notch!
*Studies found in Women’s Health Magazine