July 26, 2010

What's getting in between you and the body you want? It could be your mind. These common fitness myths could be stopping you from getting the most out of your routine. Here, the pros reveal the truth about these fitness myths-and help you increase the body-boosting power.

Fitness Myth # 1

"I shouldn't overexert myself with tough workouts."

Experts are raving about the benefits of short, high-intensity routines (like intervals, where you alternate between going hard for 30 seconds to a minute and recovering at an easier level) for women of all ages. And it works with any type of cardio-biking, walking, running on the elliptical, rowing, and more. So nix the fitness myth and aim to add high-intensity intervals to your routine 2 or 3 times a week. Continually challenging your body is the best way to see results. Tough workouts are a must.

Fitness Myth #2

"Even strength training won't help my flagging metabolism."

While hormonal changes do contribute to a slower metabolism, a regular strength training regimen (2 or 3 times a week) will definitely help counteract the pound creep. Just keep challenging yourself with new moves, more resistance, and/or different types of lifting (like less rest and back-to-back sets). Strength training is a great way to keep your metabolism revved up.

Fitness Myth #3

"I'm more prone to injury if I exercise than if I don't."

Actually, you have a greater chance of getting hurt if you're inactive. The more you sit in front of a computer or desk without strengthening or stretching your muscles, the more likely you are to suffer a muscle sprain, strain, tear, or worse. A regular weight lifting routine combined with frequent mini stretch breaks throughout your day can help keep you in the game. Bottom line: Keep moving to avoid injury.

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