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 11
– You need to sweat buckets to burn lots of calories.
False. Sweat is your body’s way of cooling off—it’s a response to how hot your body is, not a gauge of how many calories you’re burning or how hard you’re working. So while you might emerge from a 90-minute hot yoga session drenched in sweat, you may have burned only 300 calories. On the other hand, you might burn up to 500 calories in a 45-minute spinning class or 370 using the elliptical machine for 45 minutes— regardless of how much you sweat. So don’t be fooled by how wet your top is!
True or False Question 12
– Working out at the gym is better than working out at home.
False. Neither approach is inherently better than the other. After all, there are plenty of people who do more talking and socializing than actual exercise at the gym, and others who really get into their own personal cardio-cranking, strength-building calorie blast at home. What matters in either location is your intensity level and dedication to the workout at hand. Those will always be the variables that have the greatest influence on your calorie-burni fitness-boosting potential.