Fitness: Myths vs. facts – Bad advice and outdated research could be putting a kink in your workout efforts. Here are some fitness myths that have proved to be just that.
Fitness: Myths vs. facts – Crunches do tone a small portion of your abs, but you may get better results from moves engaging your entire core.
Fitness: Myths vs. facts – Sweating doesn't equate to calories burned. It might be the result of a hot room, the weather or your physiology.
Fitness: Myths vs. facts – Running is safer on your joints than contact sports, but it's not totally harmless. A total-body workout at least twice a week along with regular jogs can build up muscles supporting the knees.
Fitness: Myths vs. facts – Stretching after exercise won't completely reduce soreness or speed muscle tissue repair, but can increase joint flexibility.
Fitness: Myths vs. facts – More and more studies are pointing to the power of short workouts rather than longer ones. Some research even suggests quickie sessions might be better.
Fitness: Myths vs. facts – Scheduling rest days is crucial. Working out every day can lead to injury or overtraining, which keeps your muscles from rebounding and your body from improving.
Fitness: Myths vs. facts – Research has shown that skipping sleep may lead to weight gain. Even partial sleep deprivation ups production of the hormone ghrelin, which triggers hunger.
Fitness: Myths vs. facts – Yoga improves strength and flexibility, but it doesn't burn as many calories as aerobic exercise, researchers say.
Fitness: Myths vs. facts – Women have less muscle tissue and produce lower levels of testosterone than men, so they're less likely to bulk up from lifting weights.