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Exercise Myths

FICTION: STRENGTH TRAINING MAKES WOMEN TOO MUSCULAR          

FACT: Women don’t have enough testosterone to create big, bulky muscles. In fact, they naturally have less bone and muscle than men, which explains why females are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis than males. The fact is, women should undertake strength training because by keeping their bones and muscles strong, they decrease their risk of disability as they age.

FICTION: IF YOU STOP WORKING OUT, MUSCLE WILL TURN INTO FAT

FACT: Muscle and fat are two distinct tissues that can’t be converted from one to the other. If you stop exercising your muscle tissue will shrink, which means you may feel flabbier. Also, when muscles get smaller they don’t need as many calories to function, which means your metabolism slows down, so if you eat the same amount of calories, you may gain body fat.

FICTION: THE MORE YOU SWEAT, THE MORE FAT YOU LOSE

FACT: If you exercise in extreme heat or humidity, you will sweat profusely and lose some weight. This weight loss will, however, only be fluid loss, not fat loss.

FICTION: NO PAIN, NO GAIN

FACT: Many people still believe that you have to work at a very high intensity in order to get health benefits. In fact, moderate intensity exercise reduces your risk of dying just as much as high intensity exercise. Studies have found that women who regularly engaged in brisk walking reduced their risk of heart disease to the same degree as women who engaged in vigorous exercise.

FICTION: EATING LATE AT NIGHT, AFTER EXERCISE, RESULTS IN WEIGHT GAIN

FACT: Eating in addition to your regular meals will result in weight gain. Especially if those late night meals include ice cream or packets of chips!