Top 3 Fitness Myths, Busted

Thursday 14 July, 2011 at 9:47 pm HUNGER4FITNESS Comments Off on Top 3 Fitness Myths, Busted

From time to time most of us might fall prey to fitness myths, and sometimes they can knock us off course when trying to get fit. Here are the top 3 fitness myths according to Brain Sharkey, Ph. D, a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine.

1. No Pain, No Gain.

Discomfort can be expected, if you’re challenging your body. However, says Sharkey, ”If your exercise results in outright pain, it’s probably excessive”.

2. Go for the Burn.

Doing many reps and sets of an exercise to build, shape, and define muscles, beyond simply challenging them, can be produce a “burn”, often viewed as a sign of achievement. “It’s not dangerous,” says Sharkey, “but it isn’t necessary.”

3.Muscle turns to Fat.

Not so, says Sharkey, “Muscle grows or shrinks because training increases the size of the muscle fibers, whereas detraining reduces their size.” Fat cells have their own life, expanding when you eat too many calories and shrinking when you eat less.

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