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10 Common Exercise Myths

There are many myths surrounding losing weight. Below are some of the most common exercise myths to help you create a plan that meets your needs.

#1 – Exercise burns lots of calories
In general, if you're walking at a brisk pace, you are only going to burn about the amount of calories that are found in a banana. That's not very much. Running at about a 5 mph pace for 30 minutes, is only going to burn the amount of calories that are in a bagel. Combining a healthy, balanced diet with regular moderate to vigorous exercise will help you lose fat.

#2 - Lots of sit ups will make your stomach flat
“The reality is that sit ups will help to tone and firm up that area, maybe it will help to lose some inches, but it's not going to burn that layer of fat that's on top if the abdominal muscles. Even if you are burning calories, you can't guarantee that it's just going to come from that one area that you want it to, it's going to come overall, and you are going to have an overall weight loss.

# 3 -Exercising in the morning will help you burn calories all day long
Fact: your body will quickly return to its pre-workout metabolism rate, so you may only burn an extra 10 to 25 calories after your workout is over.

# 4 - Exercising 15 minutes a day, 3 days a week is enough for good health
Think again! People need a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise at least 3 days a week. And that means working up a sweat.

#5 - Aerobic training is more important than strength training
Fact: muscular fitness is just as important as aerobic fitness. It's going to prevent osteoporosis and it's going to help with weight management because it's going to help maintain that lean muscle mass, and when you have more muscle, you are going to burn more calories at rest.

#6 - If you exercise, you need to take supplements
A healthy balanced diet will provide all the vitamins and minerals you need, although sexually active women in their child-bearing years should take 400 micrograms of folic acid daily to prevent birth defects.

#7 - Stretch before you exercise
The most efficient time to stretch is after your exercise when your muscles are warm, especially if you are working on flexibility.

#8 - It is best to exercise in the morning
Fact: the best time to exercise is when you are going to do it, although exercising 2 to 3 hours before bedtime can keep you from falling asleep easily.
#9 - People who exercise need less sleep
People who exercise need 'more' sleep than those who don't. However, one of the benefits of regular exercise is that you are going to fall asleep faster and you are going to sleep more deeply, so you are going to have more restful sleep.

# 10 – You have to join a gym or hire a trainer to achieve physical fitness
Some people find that to be very motivating, exactly what they need. But it's not a requirement for being fit. What you need to do is find motivation from within.

You can find lots of free ways to get moving on our website. Just look for the links to the Workouts on the Web.

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