5 Exercise Myths and Their Facts


Exercise is essential to keep the body fit and healthy, it is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. There are also exercises used in physical therapy that aim to help patients strengthen their weakened muscles, loosen their stiffened joints, alleviate pain, and regain the ability to move or function properly. Some of these exercises are made to be more fun. One example is the use of a rehab ball connected to a tablet so patients can play games. They use the ball as their controller. Whether you are exercising for your general well-being or it’s part of your physical therapy, there are exercise or fitness myths that you should know. It will help you focus on the things that will help you achieve your goal instead of being clouded by false information.

Each week adults need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity and 2 days of muscle strengthening activity, according to the current Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

People exercise for one of five reasons: for work, for health, for recreation, for competition, or for their appearance. The amount of exercise you need depends on your reasons for exercising, on your starting point, and on how quickly you want to achieve your goals. And the type of exercise you choose depends on your personal abilities and preferences, on your schedule, and on the facilities at your disposal.

Pain means the exercise is working

You always hear the words “no pain, no gain” from people who work out. It has a truth to it since you will be feeling pain in your muscles, especially if you are starting to exercise. However, the intensity of the soreness will not tell how effective the workout is. Feeling more pain in your body doesn’t always mean that the exercise is better. It can even be a sign of torn tissues that can lead to a more serious injury if you continue.

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Morning is the best time to exercise for better metabolism

Some people prefer to exercise in the morning as it brings them energy to last the day. It also makes them more alert and focused. But it’s not true that working out at this time of the day will improve metabolism more than exercising during other times. You will get the same result, whether you exercise during the daytime, afternoon, or nighttime.

Longer exercise produces better results

Spending longer hours working out is not a guarantee that the results will better. It’s with the quality of the exercise that you do. Doing your routines correctly and with the targeted repetitions is enough to achieve the output you are after. If you exercise for an extended period, but you are not doing it right, it will not be worthwhile.

Stretching before a workout is important

Stretching before a workout is indeed necessary to warm up your muscles and prevent injuries. However, it depends on the stretching that you do. Static stretches do not require movement, like touching your toes and staying in that position. It could cause injury because your muscles have not warmed up yet. Instead, go for dynamic stretching, where you move to warm up. Some examples are lunges, hip circles, and arm circles. Light cardio exercises are also excellent for warming up, like jumping jacks and butt kickers.

Running outdoors and on a treadmill have the same result

Running outdoors gives better results than running on a treadmill because you will exert more effort with the outside factors like uneven terrain and wind. However, if you cannot go out for a run for some reason, like the weather, a treadmill will still be a good alternative.

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Keep these exercise myths in mind, so you can focus on doing the right thing to achieve your fitness goal.

Cara Lucas

InnoVision Health Media reports on health content that is supported by our editorial advisory board and content published in our group of peer reviewed medical journals.

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