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7 Health And Fitness Myths That Won't Go
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7 Health And Fitness Myths That Won\'t Go

Some myths are easy to forget; some would stay for a while and then fade away; and yet some myths just won’t die. Check out these health and fitness myths that people still strongly believe and the corresponding opinions from top experts in each one of these myths.

Myth #1: How much water to drink. We have heard that drinking eight glasses of water a day is healthy for you. But according to top experts, this will depend on your lifestyle. If you have an active lifestyle, whether if it’s the nature of your work or you always go to the gym for exercise, you may need more than eight glasses of water. On the other hand, if you oftentimes eat fruits and vegetables that are rich in water and drink beverages, they will keep you hydrated and the standard eight glasses may not apply to you. Moreover, according to experts you are probably drinking enough fluid if you seldom feel thirsty and your urine is colorless to light yellow.

Myth #2: More sweat equals better workout. We have heard that the more we sweat during workout, the more we burn calories. But according to top experts, this is just a false impression, and that we burn more calories as we work out harder, performing exercises that increases heart-beat and pace of breathing.

Myth #3: Lift light weights to tone up (for women only). You have heard that to avoid “bulky” muscles, you need to stay away from the heavy weights and use light weights and carry out several reps. But according to top experts, a woman don’t have the muscle mass capable of producing “bulky” muscles. And there are advantages of incorporating heavy weights in a woman’s workout because it will help develop good balance and lifting technique. But you have to do this gradually (from light to heavy weights).

Myth #4: The truth about abs exercises. We have heard that abdominal exercises (or crunches) are the best exercises that burn belly fat. But according to top experts, crunches will only put in tone and strengthen the abdominal muscles and not actually burn fat. Experts added that to burn belly fat you must first reduce total body fat, and then apply full-body workouts and healthy diet.

Myth #5: Sweat eliminates toxins. We have heard that sweats detox our body. But according to top experts only one percent of the total toxins leaves the body through sweating. The main organs that actually expel waste in the body are liver, kidney, lungs, and immune system. Moreover, experts believe that the major function of sweating is to normalize body temperature.

Myth #6: The formula for flat abs. We have heard that to have a flat belly, we need to work it out daily. But according to top experts, abdominal muscles are just like any other muscles in the body that also need rest. So, making your abs rest at least 1 day will allow repairing and rebuilding its muscles. Moreover, if you want to have real results in your abs, you need to get better eating habits.

Myth #7: Cycling builds up your thighs. We have heard that high resistance cycling makes thighs bigger. But according to top experts, cycling is a cardiovascular (or cardio) exercise and not an exercise that builds strength. An exercise that builds strength is one that pushes your muscles to the point of fatigue. However, if you want to build strength in cycling, you have to put enough resistance that after 6-8 revolutions, your legs are totally exhausted.

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Carrie2  

I agree with most of these expecially #4 as I am still working on getting the fat in my tummy to go away. I can feel my muscle tone under the fat but I can't see much of it yet.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Hi Carrie. Yes, tight flat stomach or six pack abs will naturally show up when there is minimum body fat. Since, abdominal muscles are a small muscle group, they are easily covered by abdominal fat.

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  about 7 years ago

I agree especially with number six. I couldn't work my abs two days in a row. I'm always so sore the next day it just isn't possible. Nice article!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thank you Jacob. That's a good affirmation to this article.

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  about 7 years ago

Yes I think number five surprised me too! Good Article!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thank you Stephanie.

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  about 7 years ago

Number 5 surprised me. thanks for the info lemuel

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  about 7 years ago
  

Hi Shawn. It's a new finding that also surprised me. I was thinking all the while that sweating gives me good skin. Now I would like to think that I got it from the fruits and vegetables I eat.

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  about 7 years ago
C4rmen  

Good to dispell those myths, thanks for providing the research. A few points of interest for me here. Like sweating eliminating toxins and meaning I have had a good work out??? Oh well at least I wont be afraid of getting bulky muscles from heavier weights now :p

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  about 7 years ago
  

Hi Carmen. Adding the heavy weights to your workout will eventually give you a flat stomach (or perhaps you have one already) because it will usually require good stabilization strength from your core area helping you develop good balance.

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  about 7 years ago
C4rmen  

LOL flat stomach, its def. coming back thats for sure YAY

  
  about 7 years ago

Hi Lemuel, it is refreshing to read your point about water - so true. In fact, I agree with all your points. Very good article!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thank you Patty. I put it there at #1 because that's probably the strongest myth.

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  about 7 years ago

Damn after all those years of doing crunches and it was all for naught. Great article

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  about 7 years ago
  

Hi John, one fitness expert considered full-body workouts as a thousand times better than crunches when it comes to burning belly fat. I agree because full-body workouts like squats, deadlift, dumbbell rows, etc. will require great stabilization strength from the entire core area. Another expert considered "hanging leg raise" as the best workout that can deliver six pack abs. Thanks for sharing.

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  about 7 years ago

Every time you write one of these it feels like you are taking a dig at Robs cud .. er .. never mind! Very nice article bro. I keep saying it but I love the way your articles tie in to your website!!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thank you Wayne.

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  about 7 years ago
  

hehe... Yeah, Rob loves his cud...

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  about 7 years ago

O, and I forgot to mention--great article, Lemuel!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thank you Christopher.

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  about 7 years ago

The whole water thing is about balance--the popularity of sports-drinks was predicated on the fact that true hydration requires electrolytes just as much as water. There is a point at which too much water will begin to leach the nutrients out of your system before the body has a chance to absorb them--I had terrible dry-mouth while being treated with Interferon--but water does more harm than good for dry-mouth (whooda thunk, right?) I was told that some of my medicines should be well-washed-down when I take them. (If they fall on the floor, I'm not even supposed to touch with bare fingers!) But other medicines I was taking, I was warned not to drink too much water afterwards as they would get washed out before they had done their job. My worst experiences with dehydration come from being too engrossed in something, but those situations also get into muscle-spasms and malnutrition--I've always been fascinated by the heavy effort the body sustains from focused concentration--chess-players can lose up to ten pounds during a tournament, and a great deal of that is water.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Hi Christopher. You are right about drinking too much water. I read an article from Yahoo something about good habits that are bad for your health, and one of these is drinking too much water. According to findings, drinking excessive amounts of water can actually be dangerous by lowering the concentration of salt in your blood. And yeah, I agree with what you mentioned there about other effects of drinking too much water. Thanks for sharing.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Hi Christopher, I found the article. It's entitled, "7 good habits that are bad for your health". One of these is about drinking excessive amounts of water.

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  about 7 years ago
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