There are many myths about exercise — fictions which are endlessly perpetuated and validated through sheer repetition. And it’s not just the internet and other media. Even fitness professionals get it wrong sometimes.
Many of the misconceptions about exercise relate to how well it burns fat and calories, and how much.
This leads some people to eat more than they should, relative to the amount of total activity they do each day, which in turn causes them to gain weight (or not lose as much as they’d like).
In this report we take a look at the 10 most common exercise myths, and give you the real facts.
- Exercising three times a week is enough.
- Walking burns 300 calories an hour, so if I walk for an hour I’ll burn off the 300 calorie chocolate bar I ate.
- No pain, no gain.
- Low-intensity exercise burns more fat.
- Walking one kilometre burns the same calories as running one kilometre.
- Swimming isn’t a good way to lose weight.
- Your metabolism increases after exercise, so you burn more calories even though you’ve stopped exercising.
- You burn more fat if you exercise on an empty stomach.
- You should stretch before exercising.
- I’m slim and healthy, I don’t need to exercise.
Please note: this information was current as of September 2007 but is still a useful guide to today's market.