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Speak Up: What Exercise Myth Did You Believe For a Long Time?

Recently while at my neighborhood nail salon, I overheard a group of medical school students in heated discussion about whether or not to exercise. "I don't have time," one said, and after everyone agreed another added, "And after all, if you start building muscle and stop exercising, all that muscle turns into fat anyway. I'd rather just not start!"

Even these future doctors didn't know that that statement is, in fact, completely false (they're two different types of cells), and I'm sure they aren't alone. There are so many theories about the best way to lose weight, banish fat, or build muscle floating around that it's no wonder myths often become commonly held beliefs before long. A friend told me that she believed six-pack abs could be had just by doing lots of crunches and nothing else, and I didn't quite believe in the importance of weight training.

What about you? What exercise myth did you believe to be true for a while? Tell me in the comments!

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Diana615 Diana615 6 years
I bought in to the "spot training" myth. I'm sure as we have advances in sports medicine, exercise & general health, some of the beliefs we have currently will be antiquated in the future...
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
i think the myth that affected me worst is that exercise "improves, lifts, helps" your mood. no, not for everybody, and not every time. just like many activities in life, exercise can leave you feeling elated, in tears, energised, exhausted - i used to force myself to workout even if i felt really teary afterwards, because i was in good health and didn't want to be lazy...but now, if i want to, i do, if i don't want to, i won't!
I used to believe too much weight lifting would = bulking up...I just started to understand THAT is not true =)
Susi-May Susi-May 6 years
I was totally suckered into the fat burning zone on all those cardio machines. Now I just go for the burn!
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
Lifting weights would make me look like a Gladiator. Now I realize it is down right impossible.
jesusmorales jesusmorales 6 years
I did spend copious amounts of money on useless supplements back in the 90's.
laellavita laellavita 6 years
that cardio was the only way i could ever lose inches and pounds. it wasn't until i got a stress fracture in my foot from too much running and switched to lifting weights three times a week with a trainer that i realized the importance of strength training -- and i actually got down to a size 2!
Michele-Foley Michele-Foley 6 years
I used to think that all the crunches in the world would get me defined abs. It wasn't until I got older that I realized you needed to do cardio to show off the hard work!
amber512 amber512 6 years
I was the same way, always afraid of "bulking up" pssh
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
That doing the same workout every day was a-okay.
KatyPlaysForte KatyPlaysForte 6 years
oops-myth, not mix!
KatyPlaysForte KatyPlaysForte 6 years
The bulking up with strength training mix.
Vanonymous Vanonymous 6 years
That you would lose more weight if you stayed in the "fat burning zone" instead of upping it into the cardio zone.
outstripped outstripped 6 years
That I would put on weight if I stopped doing excessive amounts of cardio... not true! Weight training is just as much of a workout & helps me say leaner than I ever was, even though I only do three days of cardio a week!
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 6 years
That strength training would make you bulk up- it's HARD for women to put on tons of muscle without really trying!!
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