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15 Popular Fitness Myths That Need to be Debunked ASAP

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“You have to follow a strict diet to lose weight.” “Longer workouts mean quicker results.” “Bodybuilding will instantly turn you into the Hulk.” Do any of these sound familiar? They’re like holy mantras that we hear constantly and when we follow them, we actually believe we’ll get the bodies we want. But of course, there’s a lot more to fitness than that. For one, those well-intended pieces of advice that we see roaming around the internet often come from people who are either inexperienced or misinformed. And second, while some of these popular methods do work for some people, for many these myths aren’t very safe or effective.

Although we've got tons of resources at our fingertips to try and figure out what workout tips are worth it, lengthy lists of fitness “do's and don'ts” are often conflicting. When we see people's so-called “success” stories, we tend to assume that their methods are right and expect to see the same results when we try it. But here's the thing: What works for one person doesn't always work for everyone, and following the wrong advice can actually lead to serious consequences. Professional triathlete Eric Harr told WebMD, “Some myths are just harmless half-truths, but many others can actually be harmful. They can cause frustration in working out and sometimes even lead to injury.” Pretty crazy, right?

So before you start counting calories or going hardcore at the gym this summer, you might want to check out these common health and fitness myths, as told by fitness experts.

Myth #1: You should be going to the gym seven days a week if you want results fast.


Truth: It’s actually better to start off slow.

“When you start working out, you’re not even conditioned enough to go and be an insane person in the gym, so the risk of injury in that first couple of weeks is pretty high. People hurt themselves badly at the beginning of exercise programs because they haven’t developed enough conditioning, they haven’t developed the core strength for certain movements, and they haven’t developed the coordination for certain movements. Your central nervous system is not designed to just go balls out seven days a week.”
– Shapel Mallard, Personal Trainer