Did you know that getting soaked in a rain storm leaves you no more likely to catch a cold than someone who was safe and dry inside? This is just one example of how tales and myths get passed around until they are practically ubiquitous, although still just as untrue! Exercise has its own tall tales that have been passed from gym user to novice to expert time and time again until these stories are widely accepted as fact. Today, we are here to prove some of these common exercise myths false!
- “Exercise should last at least 30 minutes in order to be effective.” Exercise can be done in many different ways and be effective whether you do ten minute increments during the day, a thirty minute stretch, or a high-intensity interval that lasts 20 minutes.
- “Stretching before working out prevents injuries.” In actuality, stretching cold muscles can actually cause more injuries than it prevents. A quick warm-up to your muscles before any type of workout will help you power through exercises better than a static stretch or two before starting. After your workout, stretching your warm muscles can help prevent muscle stiffness.
- “No pain, no gain!” Let’s face it, sometimes exercise is tough! While exercise is supposed to stretch your limits, it shouldn’t be painful. Pain is a sign of bodily harm or injury and should not be “powered through” or ignored.
- “Daily exercise will yield the best results.” Just like you appreciate a day or two off from your job, your body will appreciate a day or two off from your exercise regimen. While you may use your weekend to do housework, your body uses days of rest in order to resupply and repair your muscles. These rest days will actually help your performance in the long run, not detract from it.
If you have any questions about these or other common exercise myths, be sure to talk to one of our experts here at In Motion Fitness today!