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Fitness and Health Myths to Forget in 2017

By Sara Butler

If it seems like fitness and health advice is constantly changing, then that’s because it is. Things people thought were true just a few years ago have since been debunked. The problem is that people often don’t get the debunking memo and continue to believe things about fitness and health that hurt more than help them to get healthy. Here are just a few of the fitness and healthy myths you need to forget about this year!

Myth No. 1: The More Training, The Better

It might be hard to believe, but there is such a thing as training too much. It’s super important to find a balanced workout that works for you. You need to find the magic intersection where healthy eating, resistance training, and cardio come into balance for you and your body.

The problem with overtraining is it creates a situation where you’re likely to be injured. This can create new imbalances and dysfunctions in your body that can cause some major problem and stop your search for fitness and health in its tracks. So, find that balance that works for you.

Myth No. 2: You Can Spot Train

If you think you can focus and contour just one part of your body, such as your thighs, you’ve fallen victim to yet another fitness myth. Focusing on just one area isn’t going to bring about the change you’re looking for. You may be able to strengthen the muscle in that particular area, but unless you train the areas around it too, you won’t see the changes you really want.

Myth No. 3: Strength Training Will Make You Bulky

If your goal isn’t to look like a contestant in Mr. Universe, then you don’t need to leave out strength training. You need weights if you want to change your muscles, not just cardio. Resistance work helps you to tighten and tone your body, helping you to be stronger, leaner, and healthier without looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Myth No. 4:  You Need a Lot of Protein

Think about it: You’ve probably never heard of anyone you know being protein deficient. It’s really difficult in America today for that to happen. The problem with getting too much protein is that it sets you up for some unhealthy side effects such as heart disease and obesity. Animal protein tends to be higher in saturated fats, which can contribute to some undesirable health issues. Your body doesn’t need as much protein as you may think it does.

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

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