5 Surprising Fitness Myths

Are you a daily exercise enthusiast or a weekend warrior? Either way, if keeping fit is part of your routine. You may be surprised by what you’re about to learn. Here’s a five question quiz that will put your fitness know how to the test.

1. True or False: Stretching before exercising reduces your risk of injury. The answer is false. There’s actually no scientific evidence that stretching before exercise prevents injury. Studies to date have only shown that stretching after exercise can lower your risk of getting hurt.

2. Morning workouts boost your metabolism better than late day workouts. False again. There’s no reliable evidence…. There’s no reliable evidence to suggest that calories are burned more efficiently at certain times of day. But there is research that shows people who exercise in the morning tend to stick to it better.

3. If you’re not sweating, you’re not working hard enough to make a difference. False. Sweating isn’t always an indicator of exertion. Its your body’s way to regulate temperature and some people just get hotter than others. Experts say you can still burn a lot of calories with out breaking a sweat.

4. Exercise can help you lose fat from specific parts of your body. Ah…if only this one were true. But its not! There’s no such thing as spot reduction. The calories you exert during exercise help burn fat from your entire body, including the areas you target.

5. Exercising before bedtime will help you sleep better. False. Exercising before you hit the sack is a big no-no. According to sleep experts. It has a stimulating effect, which can keep you awake. Its best to workout at least 5 to 6 hours before you head to bed.


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