11 Fitness Myths That Are Harmful to Your Health

There are so many do’s and don’t’s when it comes to exercising, and sometimes it’s almost impossible to figure out which advice to follow and which advice is best left ignored. Often, the advice you’ll hear from one person may contradict the advice you’ll hear from someone else and this can be quite discouraging at times.

We decided to find out which tips you can trust and which you shouldn’t pay attention to.

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Myth #11: the best time for a workout is in the morning.

This is most definitely not true. The best hours for a workout are the hours that you feel ready to exercise. 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 matters is consistency. Studies show that there is no real difference between morning and evening workouts.

Myth #10: the best training activities for your brain are puzzles, games, and crosswords.

Myth #9: you can skip a few weeks of exercising and you’ll still be in shape.

Myth #8: either a marathon or nothing. Long-distance is the only way to go.

Myth #6: a treadmill is better than a park.

Myth #4: protein bars are a great substitution for oatmeal.

Myth #2: yoga will get rid of a backache.

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

Myth #1: running damages your knees and ankles.

Bonus: more time spent at the gym isn’t always a good thing.

Sources: health.com, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, brightside.me