Fictions about Fitness
Here are some fitness facts vs.
fiction that you might find interesting.
Take this quiz and see how you do.
1. If my muscles aren’t sore the day after a workout, I
haven’t pushed myself hard enough. True or False.
FALSE – Forget the idea of “no pain, no gain”. While a
little muscle soreness I okay, anything more means you are
pushing too hard or too fast, and putting yourself at risk
2. Doing sit-ups will help me lose my love handles.
FALSE – There is no such thing as “spot reduction”. You have
no control over where you lose weight with exercise or
dieting. You can, however, do exercises to tone specific
areas of the body. Engage in aerobic activity to lose weight
all over. To firm the middle, take a Pilates class.
3. You can be fit and fat.
TRUE – Research shows that overweight people can have good
cardiovascular health if they exercise regularly. I
recommend being fit and lean.
4. To lose weight more efficiently, you should work out in
the fat burning zone.
FALSE – Working out in the fat burning zone is good, but the
heart needs a hard interval workout a couple times a week.
Ex: run or walk very briskly at 90% of maximum for 4
minutes, then slow it down for 4 minutes, and repeat it 3
more times. Try a Strength and Endurance class or Aqua
Tuesday at 8am.
5. Brisk walking is enough to give me the body of an
I WISH….FALSE - Walking is good for your health, but you
will need to add resistance training to your workout
regimen. Even with a good cardio and strength program,
though, you may never look like a swimsuit model. Good genes
and airbrushing help in this regard but you can slim down
and firm up.
This article was
provided by Meg Poulson, Certified Group Exercise Instructor
and Fitness Manager in Henderson, Nevada.
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