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on May 13, 2011
Some fitness myths…BUSTED!

Fitness Myths:

Myth 1– Stretch before you work out: Never stretch cold muscles, it is more effective to stretch after your muscles are warm.
Myth 2– No Pain, No Gain: Never exercise through pain unless you have a known injury and are following a rehab plan.  Muscle soreness is ok- pain is not
Myth 3– Doing crunches will get you 6 pack abs: No matter how many crunches you do, 6 pack abs are greatly controlled by your diet and genetics.  You need to lose fat to see those muscles so weight loss is the key. 
Myth 4– Lifting Weights will make you bulky: Ladies- don’t be afraid of weights!  Unless you are taking testosterone or other muscle enhancers, weight lifting will give you toned and strong muscles but you won’t look like a body builder.
Myth 5: If you  aren’t sweating, you aren’t working: How much you sweat is affected by genetics, metabolism, weight, and environment. You can get plenty of exercise benefits, including weight loss, without sweating heavily, although sweat does help to cool the body. If you sweat a lot, be sure to stay hydrated and keep an eye on your blood pressure.
Myth 6: At some point you are just too old to work out: You are never too old to get some benefit from regular exercise and it is never too late to start. Older people can reduce their risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and mental decline with a prescribed exercise routine. Balance, cardio, strength training and flexibility should all be included but high intensity workouts are not recommended.  
There are lots more fitness myths and excuses, let me know if you want any of them proven or busted!
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