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Common Exercise Myths Derailing Your Progress

By Sara Butler

By this point in your life, you know not to believe everything you hear. It's a good idea to greet the things you see and hear about the latest fitness trend with a large dose of skepticism, you also need to be able to separate the fact from the fiction -- or your health and wellness goals may suffer. Here are some of the most common exercise myths to file away in your mental filing cabinet.

Myth No. 1: Sweating More Means You'll Get Fit Faster

If all you had to do was sweat to get in shape, then the sauna industry would really be booming! As much as you'd like it to be true, layering on the clothes during your workout in an effort to shed pounds for swimsuit season simply isn't how it works.

Trying to sweat more during a workout by exercising in the heat or going overboard with the workout clothes can put your health in danger, especially if you're new to exercise. Don't do too much too quickly. Instead, gradually ramp up your workouts in length and intensity and remember to stay hydrated.

Myth No. 2: You Can Enhance Workout Performance with Compression Clothing

It's widely thought that compression clothing helps to boost performance during exercise, but that's not what the research says. A study out of Indiana University found that there were no physiological benefits from compression clothing during a workout. Researchers did, however, notice a positive psychological effect. It's also been found to beneficial to your recovery to wear compression clothing after your workout.

So, it's not bad to wear compression clothing. In fact, it might be good because it may help you to think you'll do better, so you will. It'll also aid in recovery. Just understand that there's no real evidence to support the idea that the clothing alone will help boost your performance.

Myth No. 3: An Ice Bath Will Speed Recovery

Have you ever actually tried to take an ice bath after a workout? Yowza! It is not a pleasant experience. Sure, professional athletes may be seen taking an icy dip after a game, but ice baths are not a magic bullet for recovery.

The time it takes your body to recover from a workout increases naturally as you get older. All you really need to do to help aid recovery is make sure to properly hydrate, refuel with lean protein, and give your body a warm-up and cooldown period. Leave the ice baths to the polar bears.

To keep moving forward you have to have dependable information. If you have questions about your workout progress, talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesa, Ariz.

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