Busted! Top 5 Fitness Myths

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Heather’s dream is to share with the world her success at becoming healthy after age 40. Heather lost over 88 pounds through changing her diet and incorporating exercise into her busy life. She would like to take what she has learned about becoming fit after 40, and using her Metabolic Training Certification to help others struggling with weight issues mid-life. Heather’s post day is Monday.
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Do you know how to get fit? There is a lot of information – and misinformation – about fitness. Working out doesn’t have to be confusing. Get your workout program started by busting these top five fitness myths.

Top 5 Fitness Myths

Myth #1: You can reduce the stress from running on your knees by running on a treadmill instead of pavement

Treadmill running promotes imbalances and damages your ability to run on pavement. The treadmill belt pulls your feet back as you run, and you may subconsciously change your stride which can put extra stress on your knees.

Heather fitness blogger running a 5k

Myth #2: Sweat it out! If you aren’t sweating, you aren’t working hard enough.

Your body regulates temperature by sweating. If you aren’t sweating during your workout, you might have fewer sweat glands than others. The best way to see if your workout is having the impact you want is to check your heart rate.

Heather post workout - makeup is gone, and I'm sweaty, but survived!

Post spin class – no makeup and sweaty (check out the back of my shirt!) but survived.

Myth #3: No pain no gain

You do not need to be in pain in order to get a good quality workout. Pain won’t tell you if you are getting sucessful results. There shouldn’t be any pain during your workout. Pain would be a sign you are doing something wrong or pushing too hard. Uncomfortable is good, saying “ouch!” is not.

Myth #4: Lifting weights makes you bulk up

My recent post, Top 10 Reasons To Strength Train, busts this myth out of the water. Women avoid lifting weight with the fear of looking to bulky. When it comes to muscle size, the key is testosterone. Unless you are enhancing with supplements to help boost your testosterone level, your weight lifting results as women will offer smooth and defined results.

Myth #5: Ab workouts and plenty of crunches will reduce belly fat

You may have six pack abs with all the core workouts you do, but the only way to see them is to reduce body fat. The only way to see definition in any muscles is to lower your overall body through changes in diet and increase in cardio. Don’t stop working that core! Just because you can’t see them, doesn’t mean that core strength isn’t helping you everyday.

What myths do you have about working out?

Do you have ideas about fitness that are keeping you from getting started? Name a few in the comments, and lets discuss.

Go get your fit on – Heather


  • kellyswanson1

    Thank you so much! I have been thinking that if I’m not sweating I’m not working out hard enough. Whew! I feel better. My heart rate has been great, I’m just not sweating. Thank you Heather!!!!!

    • Heart rate is totally the way to go! Curious – are you tracking your resting heart rate occasionally? It’s can be a major indicator to heart/cardiovascular improvement when your resting heart rate starts to drop. Congrats on sweat free workout – So jealous :)

      • kellyswanson1

        I only track my resting heart rate at the beginning of my workout. And come to think of it, I have noticed that it seems lower when I start my workout. I was sort of disappointed, thinking higher is better – even at rest. Now you’ve made me feel better twice! And don’t be jealous of my sweat-free workout. I still know that I am not pushing myself as much as I could. And I was at the beach last week and only worked out once – and this week I’ve only gotten one workout in. Diet was piss poor last week – but this week at least my diet is back on track. But I refuse to beat myself up. I look at the bright side – before, I would slip and never get started again – this time when I slipped, I got right back on track without even thinking about it. Baby steps. Wish it would happen faster. But I just started in April. I need to be thankful for the 16 pounds I’ve lost so far, and the inches, and the new mindset, and the absence of sugar free sodas from my diet, and the new outlook on food and exercise and healthy choices. And I have people like YOU to thank. Your message is being heard. Even when it feels lonely out in blog land. Keep at it my friend. You are changing lives, one word, one post, one bite at a time. :)