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5 Worst Fitness Myths
Professionals crack your cardio questions
Helping us debunk some more common erroneous fitness myths are two fitness pros, Adam Rosante of The People's Bootcamp and Michael Olajide Jr. of AEROSPACE, who gets Adriana Lima Victoria's Secret Fashion Show-ready.
Myth #1: Stretching Before a Workout Prevents Injury
Fact: Blood Flow is More Important
Rather than simple static stretching, which can decrease power and lead to injury during a workout, Rosante advises instead to get blood flowing to lubricate joints and create elasticity in your muscles. For a better dynamic warm-up, try 25-second combinations of light jogs in place, jumping jacks, high knees, forward lunges with a torso twist, and butt kicks!
Myth #2: Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Fact: High-Intensity Intervals Burn More Fat
Unless you're running a marathon, HIIT burns more calories and raises metabolism for up to 24 hours post-workout. To get the most bang for your buck, Rosante suggests picking 6 exercises to do back-to-back for 30 to 60 seconds each, with 10 seconds of rest in between (that's one cycle). Aim for 3 cycles, resting one minute between each.
Myth #3: You Need to Workout Every Day
Fact: An Everyday Regime Leads to Overtraining
Working out too frequently halts progress, and can even lead to losing strength. Rosante advises giving your body time to rest and recover, with a working out max of 5 days per week.
Myth #4: You Can Always Work it Off
Fact: You Can't Outrun a Bad Diet
Constantly feeding your body crap is no match for a dozen sets of burpees. But don't deprive yourself, either. Rosante proposes sticking to this motto: "If it has a laundry list of ingredients you can't pronounce, don't eat it."
Myth #5: There's No Such Thing as 'Too Much Water'
Fact: Yes, There is.
Too much of a good thing (water) is still TOO MUCH, and much of the weight people gain is from water, Olajide warns. If your body is prone to retaining water and fluids, or you don't workout enough to release said fluid, you will bloat.