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Myths About Exercise: What You Should Know

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you're looking to start an exercise program, it's especially important to plan ahead. There is so much available information, it can be hard to distinguish the good from the bad. What information are you supposed to take with you? What information should you leave behind? Before you begin your fitness journey, take a look at these myths about exercise that can help you make a plan to get fit in the most effective way.

It Doesn't Have to Hurt

You've undoubtedly heard “no pain, no gain.” While the sentiment behind this adage may be true, the truth is that exercise doesn't have to hurt. There's a good chance that your workout is working even without any pain. The idea is to challenge the body, not to hurt it. Skip the pain, focus on the challenge, and the results will come without risking injury or long-term problems for your body and health.

More Isn't Always Better

Sometimes we get into the trap of thinking that more is better. Want to lose weight? Working out more must be the answer, right? We just have to work out longer and harder and more days out of the week. Luckily, this just isn't true. When it comes to exercise, quality usually wins over quantity. Don't do 50 squats with poor form. Instead do 20 squats with perfect form. Don't give half of your effort for a mile run, but instead sprint with all your energy for half a lap. If you take the quality over quantity approach, you'll probably see results even faster.

Exercise Can’t Counteract Those Calories

You can't outwork a bad diet. As much as we wish we could, we just can't eat whatever we want and then work it all off at the gym. Though exercise definitely burns calories, it's not a miracle worker. Even if exercise is a part of your everyday life, planning a healthy, well-balanced diet is essential in keeping you well.

Exercise is one of the best things that you can do for your body and mind. It helps us stay strong and balanced. It helps us keep a healthy weight and strong muscles. It matters! And while there's a lot of good information out there about exercise, you can't believe everything you hear. Do your research and keep moving toward better health with a plan that really works.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Nashua, N.H.

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