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10 Fitness Myths That Are Harmful To Your Health

More time spent at the gym isn't always a good thing

Doctors advises thay the most important thing about any workout is not to overdo it. It doesn't matter if you want to get in shape very quickly, it's very stressful for your body to go to the gym every day because the body needs time to recover. It doesn't mean that you should sit at home all day and eat fast food, but rest is just as important as the workouts themselves. And remember to exercise different muscles in different patterns to avoid injuries.

The best time for a workout is in the morning

This is definitely not true because, the best hours for a workout are the hours that you feel ready to exercise. Don't forget that it doesn't matter if you prefer working out in the gym in the evenings or if you prefer to go for a run before heading to work in the morning, what actually matters is consistency. There is no real difference between morning and evening workouts according to studies.

The best training activities for your brain are puzzles, games, and crosswords

You need to know that crosswords, riddles, and puzzles are not the only way to develop the brain. Physical exercises are very useful for both the body and the brain. The reality is, the exercises that make the blood flow faster are better than hours spent on solving riddles. Sports have been shown to significantly improve a person's mood, memory function, and protect from dementia.

Long-distance marathon is the best

This is entirely not true because those people who prefer short distances have the same heart condition as those who run marathons. Moreover, light exercises like jogging or even walking are better for the body. The heart and the vascular system can adjust to your workouts.

A treadmill is better than a park

Experts claims that jogging in the fresh air and on a treadmill is not the same even if you cover the same distances. When you run against the wind, it makes a very important group of muscles work and it burns 10% more calories than running on a treadmill.

Protein bars are a great substitution for oatmeal

This is another myth that you should never follow, a protein bar is processed food that requires fewer calories to digest, and that makes it less useful. You can only eat bars as a snack but not as a substitution for oatmeal or any other cereal.

Only dairy products contain calcium

The idea of believing that it is only dairy products that contain lot of calcium is very outdated because the truth is, there are definitely other foods that are packed with calcium. Like broccoli, sesame seeds, and spinach which are a great substitution for dairy products that aren't always as healthy as we're used to believing.

Yoga will get rid of a backache

Yoga can't cure your back pain, unless the pain is caused by muscle problems, stretching and some poses can be very useful as they will make the muscles stronger and it's possible that the pain will disappear. However, if you have more serious problems, like hernias or protrusions, then yoga can do more harm than good. In any case, you should consult a doctor before you start doing yoga.

Demanding workouts make you want to eat

If you really feel hungry after a workout, this is a warning sign that there's a problem because, physical exercise is supposed to suppress the hunger. This works on the hormonal level: the production of ghrelin which is the hunger hormone slows down and leptin goes up.

Running damages your knees and ankles

This is a misconception that doesn't have any proof to back it up. Besides according to the latest studies, running doesn't do any harm to your legs but it actually makes them stronger and less susceptible to injuries.

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