For every two fitness truths, there's a lie, and sometimes it's hard to determine which is what. It's high time we let go of these 12 fitness misconceptions will help you get better, faster, stronger, and more powerful.
#Myth: You should work out every day.
#Fact: You work out because you want to break down muscle fibers so they can rebuild stronger. And to do this, you need to give your body time to recover from working out. Take rest for 1 or 2 days. And in those days do something that doesn't put stress on your body, like gentle stretching or a walk.
#Myth: Sweating a ton means you worked your ass off.
#Fact: You sweat because your core temperature increases. Your muscles create heat when you exercise so a tough workout will increase your internal temp. But remember that the temperature that you are working out in also matters.
#Myth: Crunches are a great exercise for your abs.
#Fact: Crunches probably aren't going to hurt your core strength, but they're not the most efficient exercise you can do to strengthen your midsection. Your ab muscles are designed to work most effectively when you're standing upright. Of course, there are plenty of great abs exercises that aren't completely upright but the four standing abs moves will set your whole core on fire.
#Myth: You need to stretch before a workout.
#Fact: It's true that you shouldn't just jump right into a workout. Your pre-workout goal should be to improve mobility and elasticity in the muscles. This is best done with foam rolling and a dynamic warm-up, where you keep your body moving. This preps your body for work and helps increase your range of motion, which means you can get deeper into exercises.
#Myth: Yoga isn't a "real" workout.
#Fact: People who call yoga a as series of gentle stretches clearly haven't taken a tough yoga class. While there are some blissfully relaxing yoga classes out there, tougher types can definitely leave you sweaty, sore, and satisfied. And you know what's the best part? You can do it anywhere in your home.