Friday, May 16, 2008

Most Common Fitness Myths - Why You Should Know Them

Fitness myths are created all the time, however, there are certain ones that have been in circulation for years. It is a good idea to be aware of these myths so that you can seek out the answers from fitness and health professionals such as doctors, nutritionists, and personal trainers. Below are some of the most common myths that you may have come across.

You Have to Sweat to Have a Good Workout

You may see someone dripping in sweat after their workout and may think, wow, they must have burned a ton of calories! Sweating isnt an indicator of a good workout. Sweating is simply your bodys way of cooling itself. You can still burn a good amount of calories without sweating profusely. Light activities like a brisk walk will still burn calories and help maintain fitness.

Aerobic Exercise is Better Than Lifting Weights

Aerobic activity does burn fat but it doesnt necessarily make it better in comparison to weight lifting. When you are trying to lose weight, you essentially need both aerobic and strength training. However, the key is knowing how both work in terms of burning fat.

You will burn more fat during aerobic exercise but once you stop, the fat burning ends. When you lift weights, your muscles will continue to burn fat after your workout is over. It is important to use a combination of both types of exercise to maintain fitness.

Eat Fat Burning Foods to Lose Weight

You can search for lists of fat burning foods but the fact of the matter is, no foods can burn fat. Fat burning foods is a myth and a fad that many marketers are playing on. The reason certain foods are listed as fat burning is because they are typically low in calories or help to make you feel more satisfied. The best way to lose weight will never change which is proper diet and exercise. Calories in/calories out!

These are just a few of the many fitness myths that you may come across. Remember to always question what you read or hear about so that you can become more knowledgeable about maintaining your health and fitness.

Eartha Haines is a blogger and fitness enthusiast. She writes for her own personal fitness blog at You can learn more about the most common fitness myths by downloading my FREE report: The Most Common Fitness Myths. Knowing the myths can help you stay fit!


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