How many of you believe that running on a treadmill reduces stress on your knees as opposed to running on asphalt. Unless you've been living in the wilderness, you've probaly heard this fitness myth. Guess what, it's not true. Web MD has tackled 9 of the most popular age old myths to do with fitness. Here's two that were ingrained into my head at one point.
Fitness Myth No. 6: If you're not working up a sweat, you're not working hard enough.
"Sweating is not necessarily an indicator of exertion," says Tyne. "Sweating is your body’s way of cooling itself."
It's possible to burn a significant number of calories without breaking a sweat: Try taking a walk or doing some light weight training.
Fitness Myth No. 7: As long as you feel OK when you're working out, you're probably not overdoing it.
One of the biggest mistakes people tend to make when starting or returning to an exercise program is doing too much too soon. The reason we do that, says Schlifstein, is because we feel OK while we are working out.
"You don't really feel the overdoing it part until a day or two later," he says.
No matter how good you feel when you return to an activity after an absence, Schlifstein says you should never try to duplicate how much or how hard you worked in the past. Even if you don't feel it at the moment, you'll feel it in time, he says -- and it could take you back out of the game again.
Ignorance is not an excuse, learn your fitness facts.
Top 9 Fitness Myths -- Busted! [via webmd]