When it comes to physical activity, myths and half-truths are rampant. We are especially vulnerable to falling for myths when we search for shortcuts or other too-good-to- be-true “secrets” to maximizing our results. However, some of the more pervasive fitness misconceptions may simply be long-held beliefs about the best ways to work out that were accepted truths at one time but were subsequently disproven by new research.
True or False Question 9
– You can trust the calorie counts on cardio exercise machines.
False. Each manufacturer uses its own algorithm to calculate calorie expenditure and your personal info may or may not be in sync with that algorithm. Some exercise machines are more reliable than others in this respect. Treadmills tend to be more accurate than elliptical machines, which tend to err on the high side (up to30 percent off!).
True or False Question 10
– If exercise isn’t uncomfortable, it’s probably not working.
False. This stems from the age-old “no pain, no gain” myth, which is misleading (at best) and dangerous (at worst). The reality is you can burn lots of calories and get in shape doing physical activities you like and that feel great, whether it’s dancing, a Real Moves workout, biking—heck, even snowshoeing! Plus, the more you enjoy it, the more often you’re likely to do it—and for longer!
Come back tomorrow for some more true and false questions about exercise.