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The Top 6 Fitness Myths and Truths

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  • I'd say the trainer at your doctor's office is wrong and right. Depending on your weight and your fitness level, it might be a better idea to START doing lighter activity for longer amounts of time. It's better to ease your way into exercise. As your fitness level increases, adding more streneuous exercise done for less amounts of time is for effective if you're trying to lose weight. It's all about how many calories you burn overall, not the amount of fat. That's where that trainer is wrong.
  • Okay, I found Myth #5 confusing. Jen says you burn more by working harder or faster and not by doing the activity longer, whereas my doctor's office has a trainer telling me the opposite -- that I'm better off using my recumbent bike for a longer period of time at a lower tension level than at a level a bit more strenuous for a shorter amount of time, and that I need to focus on fat burning and not just the amount of calories. Soooo, which is it??? It's difficult enough for someone as out of shape as me to get exercise, but then to hear conflicting "truths" about which I should be doing to get the best results just makes it harder.

    This article is helpful, but the format in which it's written, is not. She presents the myths and then puts her answers to them under 'TRUTH'. She should have put them under 'THE REAL TRUTH' or something similar. Her format is initially misleading. I kept thinking she was saying the myths were TRUE :o)
  • I read this article a while ago and it was worth re-reading it again today to help keep me motivated. Good information.
  • I agree with this article. A good work out for me is sweating yet being able to maintain a small convo. I really though just doing ab exercises would help lose weight, but I was wrong.
  • ADOYLE90815
    Great article! I still hear the myth about women bulking up from weight training.
  • Woud be great if everyone knew all this info. Thanks for the encouragement.
    This is a terrific article. I suspected that some of these were myths, but it's terrific to have them laid out in black and white like this. Thank you so much!
  • Great article. There is so much to learn being a SPARKER.
    Thank you for this article. I have been overweight most of my adult life. I believed a lot of what my friends told me when I was in high school and college. And spent a lot of time either starving or overeating over dieting. - our children need sound fitness counseling from professionals - not websites and friends. And I am not convinced our medical community has helped Americans - do your own work and research and ask questions. I am doing the weight training/cardio/nutrition. I am feeling better and having a better life.
  • i LOVE this article. I am sick of my girlfriend's warning me to be careful that i will bulk up like the incredible hulk if i continue to weight train (and increase my weights) and eat lots or protein to support that sort of training. Ugh, it's just annoying that people think they are know-it-alls.
  • I like this article, thanks for putting it out there.
  • I love this article! I am constantly being asked "how did you do it?", and when I say it's a three prong approach; diet/cardio/strength training, people usually find an excuse for not doing the strength training. The other day, I heard the worst excuse ever: my trainer told me to concentrate on cardio, because with strength training, when you stop your muscles turn to fat...I'm still in a state of disbelief that anyone, let alone a trainer, would tell someone that!

    So, keep on myth busting Jen!
    The weight lifting seems to be the hardest for women to believe.........
    Having been introduced to the machines first, I eventually participated in the weight training group classes and was hooked.........I find I now have to alternate between classes, machines and cardio for bulk just toned...

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