Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. Don’t let these common exercise myths sabotage your workout goals.
Myth #1: There’s no point in exercising if you don’t have time for a full workout.
- FACT: You need about 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week. Pushed for time? The NIH says simply working in brief, 10-minute exercise spurts (ex. fast walking) 3 times a day, 5 days a week, meets the recommended exercise goal. National Institute of Health
Myth #2: Skip weight lifting because you’ll bulk up and gain weight.
- FACT: Lifting weights 2 or 3 days a week won’t build bulk — but will help build strong muscles. It takes intense strength training, combined with certain genes, to build large muscles. If you don’t like weight lifting, resistance bands, sit-ups, push-ups and some kinds of yoga also can strengthen muscles, according to the NIH.
Myth #3: Have chubby thighs or a spare tire around the middle? Just target those areas with specific exercises to lose the fat.
- FACT: You can’t spot-reduce fat, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Genes and lifestyle factors determine where we carry flab —and a healthy diet without excess calories and regular exercise are the most effective ways to reduce fat all over.