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6 Fitness Rules Meant to be Broken

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  • great some of it
  • As with any article, you need to pull from it things that work for YOU. Thanks for the information!
  • I often see this assurance that women won't bulk up unless they take drugs or spend their lives at the gym. What this does not take into account is genetics. With a few workouts a week with a few hand weight exercises and I have developed the arms and shoulders of a man and I hate it. Unfortunately "there there, Dont worry about it" platitudes are not helpful.
  • "Turns out, crunches only target the top part of your abdominals and actually don't improve your core strength that much."

    --- This is an inaccurate statement regarding crunches. There are a variety of crunches that work the various muscles.

    --- I would have thought more of this article if it did not deliberately slant data to serve its message.
  • Why is anyone still advocating crunches? They're horrible for your lower back.
  • Oh it drives me crazy to see a good article like, "Get the information about out with the old and in with the new", learn that the idea of "tone up specific area...." is old and needs to be replaced with new and then see a side bar article under "related content" that reinforces the old and contradicts the new. The article titled "5 body sculpting short cuts." Come on. Body sculpting is toning up specific areas."
    I'm bored with anything touting a "six pak", that has nothing to do with health, but everything to do with vanity, won't make a person "better" or more worthwhile though. Big whoops, when I see someone that has one, it looks as those they have been in a concentration camp! And yes, I have seen people who have been in a concentration camp, relatives..............not a good look.
  • Some great reminders, reinforcements and info! I have just started Pilates and feel the benefits of it, but in conjunction with cardio. Makes sense.
  • Seems like some folks misread the article about yoga. It's not that it yoga has no weight loss benefits. In fact, the author recommends it! It's simply stated that doing yoga doesn't replace the counterparts of cardio and strength. Yoga is a great part of any exercise program... but you still need to do regular cardio and strength training to ensure complete fitness.

    Try and run a marathon by preparing only with yoga. ;) Doesn't work.

    I am a regular yoga practitioner... and love it. But I still hit the weights and walk/run.
  • HILLSLUG98239
    The thing with "no pain, no gain" is that many of us are so out of touch with our bodies that we have lost the ability to differentiate between pain and discomfort. We live in a fairly narrow temperature band. Few of do true physical labor at our jobs. And many of us only get exercise indoors.

    I sometimes get sharp pains when I first start exercising. They're always transitory. I don't ignore them: I monitor what the pain feels like, if it's a recurring issue, and if it's just a nerve complaining or if it feels like a muscle or connective tissue injury. (At my age, sometime things just randomly hurt for no reason.) If it's an injury, I will re-evalute my plans because I know how long it can take to heal.
  • Some good stuff here, but you're off base about yoga and pilates.. These types of exercises not only help prevent injury so that you can have the active lifestyle that is healthy (and burns more calories), but I "grew" about 1 1/2 " the first year I was taking pilates. The muscles themselves might not grow longer, but you do lengthen their range of motion, and all limbs stand straighter when they are supported by the kind of exercise that yoga and pilates provide.

    Though I don't know many yoga practitioners who are in it for the burn, there are strenuous and demanding programs that that burn hundreds calories/hour.
    The warning at the end is not nearly strong enough. Blacking out or chestpain are warning signs of potentially very serious problems such as a heart attack. With those symptoms people should not only "slow down" but STOP, sit or lie down, and get immediate medical attention.
  • Yoga can indeed lead to weight loss and a 'leaner look' if you do it daily and mix it up with Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga, both of which are pretty intense forms of exercise. So is interval training.

    Combine these two with cutting out wheat and reducing sugar and carbs from grains if you want to see real change for the long run - providing of course it is a life style change and not a form of dieting.

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