11 Fitness Myths That Are Doing More Harm Than Good


Myth: Running a marathon is the ideal way to get fit.

Truth: Not ready to conquer a marathon? No problem. You can get many of the benefits of long-distance running without ever passing the five-mile mark.

Running fast and hard for just five to 10 minutes a day can provide some of the same health outcomes as running for hours can. In fact, people who run for less than an hour a week — as long as they get in those few minutes each day — see similar benefits in terms of heart health compared to those who run more than three hours per week.

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Plus, years of recent research suggest that short bursts of intense exercise can provide some of the same health benefits as long, endurance-style workouts — and they also tend to be more fun.

Myth: Keeping a food diary is a reliable way of monitoring and controlling what you eat.


Truth: Even when we're making an effort to be conscious about what we're putting into our bodies and how active we're being, we often give ourselves more credit than we deserve.

"People tend to overestimate their physical activity and underestimate how much food they eat," says Stanforth. "They consistently think they've worked out more and consistently think they've eaten less."

Myth: Sports drinks are the best way to re-hydrate after a workout.

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Truth: Most sports drinks are just sugar and water. Instead, experts recommend refueling with plain old water and high-protein snack, since studies suggest protein helps recondition muscles after a workout.


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