I've seen a lot of this kind of stuff lately, especially on twitter. There are fitness professionals making outrageous claims, big businesses tweeting silly links, and random people saying things where the "if I read it, it's true" effect comes to life. Reading these things makes me insane, especially as a fitness professional and it has become difficult to sort through the creditable and fictitious information that is so readily available to us all.
Top 10 crazy Fitnessisms that make me batty:
I can't do it.
Just because you haven't yet taken the leap of faith to try something doesn't mean you can't do it. With a little bit of patience and diligence anything is possible. "Can't" and "don't want to" are not interchangeables.
Running is bad for the knees.
Really? What research has lead you to this conclusion? All of the creditable studies I've read have actually said that running INCREASES joint strength, so I think I'll take my chances. The last time I checked, I thought obesity was worse for the knees then running.
It's raining out, so that means I can't run.
You have not lived unless you've let the soft touch of the rain soothingly kiss your skin while tilting your head back to catch a few drips in your mouth and splashed around in some puddles on a rainy day. If there is anything that will make you feel like a kid again, it's running in the rain. Promise, you won't melt and your clothes will eventually dry.
Walking down stairs is bad for your knees.
Someone actually sent me this tweet several months back and randomly advised that I should stop taking the stairs. I've always been under the impression that movement, in all planes of motion, is good for the body because it is meant to move. I'm not afraid of the stairs, but it seems like most people are.
But the package says low or non fat.
If you bought food from any of the center lanes of the grocery store where it can stay in your cabinet for prolonged periods of time, it most likely isn't really low fat...or food for that matter. Besides, this crap doesn't even taste good.
Running, or any cardio for that matter makes me fat.
No it doesn't, exercise will never make you fat. It's what you do when you're not exercising that will make you fat.
Instead of having lunch, eat a protein shake.
This is HUGE in the fitness industry where personal trainers tell their clients to skip meals and replace them with "healthy" protein shakes that have an outrageous amount of protein, taste like crap, and won't really help when you are trying to lose weight. Last time I checked, powers made from chemical compounds which dissolve in liquid don't really classify as food either.
Just because the treadmill says you burned 500 calories in 45 minutes doesn't mean you actually did, you'll be lucky if you burned half that number. In my opinion counting is a waste of time, most likely you'll over estimate how many you burn and under estimate how many you consume. Instead, eat real food when you're hungry. Slowly. Stop when you feel full.
I don't want to lift weights because it will make me bulky.
It won't, unless you are pounding back massive amounts of protein, which will be no good for your body in the long run. Strength training will strengthen your muscles, increase bone density, make your activities of daily living seem easier, and tighten up your bod. It is actually really really difficult to add bulk in the form of muscles. So pick up those weights and get squatting!
Crunches will tighten my midsection.
Sadly, no. Isolation doesn't work, especially for the core. Eat a healthy diet, engage your body in plenty of dynamic movements that activate the core, and stay hydrated if you want those abs of steel. You don't have to be lying on the floor to work your core and instead can engage the midsection in every other exercise imaginable. It works, trust me.
Sorting through all the bogus claims and and info out there these days requires quite a bit of work nowadays:
Do your own research, check your sources sources, then check their sources.
Use common sense. If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.
Just because someone on twitter says it's true, that doesn't mean it is.
What fitness myths or commonly overused phrases make your skin crawl?