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The Top 6 Fitness Myths and Truths

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  • Yea I'm in the "confused about #5" camp.
  • @BEVT @NRADUNSKY I think the "myth" part would be that you can get rid of the thick layer of fat over your abs by spot training them. No one will argue that toning makes a difference in your appearance, but until you get rid of the layer of fat through cardio you're never going to have a "six-pack." Same is true for any other body part. Spot training *will* give you beautiful, well defined muscles; you just won't be able to see them until you burn off the padding.
    BEVT, I agree. People always talk like training one area is a waste of time because you can't have spot reduction, like the only reason to strength train is some abstract metabolic or bone strengthening health benefit. However, you for sure SEE a difference when you spot train (at least if your weight isn't quite high), and that is what most people care about when they spot train. I have a flat stomach for a few days after doing ab workouts-- not defined by any means, but everything has some structure rather than falling out over the front of my jeans. If I am lazy about ab exercises the next week it comes right back.
  • I think people confuse the spot reduction and fat burning because if you really don't have weight to lose but are flabby and poochy in certain areas just working on those areas makes a big difference. I know that if I don't work my abs they pooch more. If I slack of my triceps and biseps I see a difference. Maybe it's confusing flab with fat. But I notice when I lay off my weights I do get an overall look of "fat" in those areas I use weights for. And no one ever explains that. It looks like fat, do some toning regularly and it goes away. So there's something to it.
    Your advertisements cover the article you are presenting. This means, of course, I cannot read the article. I'm trying not to use a lot of cuss words in saying this. Does no one check to see how the articles are presented? Please, have someone with 1. brains 2. responsibility and 3.common sense, read this.
    Pilates had given me back my waistline. OK, I am at goal weight but I am 63 and amazed at the toning effect.
  • Interesting that the #1 myth is spot reduction, yet I continue to see just those type of headlines here, makes me wonder
    Great article. I've heard that if you run, after 20 minutes you start to burn up muscle and not fat. True? I didn't think it was a true statement, but wondered.
  • TDL5685
    I've never understood the "fat burning zone". From my understanding the way to lose weight is to cosume less calories then your body needs in a day and so our bodies will resort to using the calories stored in the form of fat. The higher intensitiy of the workout, the more calories our body is burning. How does a lower intensity workout burn a higher percentage of fat? Just wondering.
    I'm a exercise specialist and I tell my clients about the fat burning zone in this way:
    We burn a higher percentage of fat when exercising at lower intensities but the total fat burned is often less. Think of it as money. Would you rather have 75% of 100 dollars or 50% of 300 dollars? Translate that to fat and you burn 75% of your calories from fat or 75 calories vs. 50% of your calories or 150! Burning at a higher percentage will net you a lot less fat in the long run, assuming you exercise for the same amount of time. I will take 50% of 300 any day!
  • For all of you confused about #5, please google 'fat burning zone myth'. It's not explained very well in the article so I can understand why you are still confused.

    Someone made the statement that 'if you are not burning fat then you are burning muscle, and nobody wants that'. That is an incorrect assumption. You are still getting a proportion of your calories (energy) from fat when you are not in the fat burning zone, other energy sources include carbs and stored glycogen. If you are burning more calories overall, you will burn more fat (even though the PROPORTION of calories from fat is lower). Burning more calories, no matter where they come from, will lead to better weight loss (as long as you don't eat them all back).

    Here is a good explanation that should clear up some of the confusion:
  • I've believed all these myths at some point, but I know better now
  • Please explain Myth 5 in more detail - I am confused whether I should be increasing the intesity of my workouts.
  • This is a good article. I've heard all of these addressed in The Firm classic video series many years ago. They had an informational film that explained these common myths and more attached to the end of their first classic film featuring the instructor, Susan Harris. If you can, watch it...quite informative!
    Great Article

    OZWODEN - with respect to #5.

    The problem with doing longer lower intensity exercises is that your because you burn such a high percentage of fat, your body will tend to store more fat as a protection mechanism.

    This type of strenuous workout, without rest, mimics prolonged stress. It also causes your body to adapt in a way that is counterproductive to your health and longevity.

    For all your effort, you only reduce your ability to handle life’s demanding circumstances – and that’s the last thing you want. With less reserve heart capacity available on call, you invite trouble when a stressful situation arises.

    During long-duration exercise, your heart is under constant stress with no time to rest and recover. When this goes on long enough, the heart is traumatized.
    Endurance exercise causes your heart and lungs to adapt for endurance. But these organs are already endurance machines. Your heart beats continuously and your lungs expand and contract with every breath you take. Forced, continuous, endurance exercise prompts your heart and lungs to “downsize.” Reducing to smaller capacity allows you to go further, more efficiently, and with less rest and less fuel.

    Our ancestors didn’t run marathons or jump around for an hour doing aerobics. And they didn’t sit in front of computers or the television the entire day. They moved around a lot at a low level of exertion. And then every once in a while they exerted themselves at nearly 100% of their capacity – hunting prey or escaping from it.

    This pattern of brief intense movement, followed by rest, and lots of low level activity is hardwired in your genes. Your muscles, bones and organ systems are reflections of this genetic design. The way they work together is the formula for strength, vitality and long life.

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