Top 3 Exercise Myths

Do you think you know everything about fitness, exercise, and weight loss?  I don’t think I am an expert, but I am trying to learn more.  Take a look of these exercise myths and see if you are guilty of believing them.  I was guilty of believing some of these and I know a gym that I went to believes in at least one of these.

Top 3 Exercise Myths

Exercise Myths 1: No Pain, No Gain

This exercise myth is quite popular among weight lifters and cross fitters.  I went to a gym in Burien, WA for a month that believed that this was the only way to workout.  I told the trainer that my mom paid for that I felt as if I was going to throw up but he said that is good and then repeated the old mantra of “no pain, no gain.”

I see two problems with this.  First, when you follow the no pain, no gain exercise theory you are likely to get an injury.   Suffering an injury while working out can hurt your muscles and can also cause you to miss days on your workout.  Missing part of your weekly workouts can set you back further.

Second, you create a problem where your mindset is that you aren’t getting a good workout if you aren’t feeling pain.  This means that every workout you will want to push yourself to feel pain.

Out of most of the exercise myths this one can be the most damaging to your exercise goals.  Don’t hurt yourself and workout until you feel stretched, not until you are in pain.

Exercise Myths 2: Your Weight Is The Only Matter

When you are working out for the purpose of losing weights your weight is not the only thing that you need to worry about.  In fact, you might gain weight at some point because you are gaining muscle.  So when you are trying to lose weight you should try to keep track of your body fat and measurements.  This will allow you to better track your changes.

I track my body measurements but not as frequently as I do my weight.  You just take a tape measure and measure parts of the body that you want.  Often times these areas are measured:

  • Neck
  • Biceps
  • Quads
  • Waist
  • Hips

Exercise Myths 3: One Type Of Workout is The Best

When it comes to working out people tend to believe that one type of workout is all that you need.  One may be better than the others.  For example, some people believe that lifting weights is all that you need and cardio has no place in exercising.  Some people believe vice versa.

The truth of the matter is that to be its most effect for weight loss and muscle gain you need to vary your workouts.  Low intensity and high-intensity workouts are needed along with both cardio and weights.

It is also recommended that you get a mix of cardio and weights.  For example, if you run on a treadmill one day, the next cardio day you should go out and run on the sidewalk or at a track.  This gives your muscles a variety of different work.

Now that you know these common exercise myths do your best to avoid them.  They will hurt you and could result in you losing ground on your weight loss efforts.