What is exercise fact vs myth? The craze surrounding exercise, weight, health, and fitness in America is a curious thing. Huge government subsidies make grains (like sugary cereals and nutritionally-empty white bread) artificially inexpensive. Fast food like McDonalds and Wendy’s is some of the cheapest commercially available food in the world.
Advertising for bad food, beer, and liquor is everywhere. However, who is always hocking this terrible food and booze? Some of the fittest, most attractive people around. People used in advertisements, if not outright fit and athletic, are at least trim and not overweight or obese.
Given the overweight and obesity epidemic in this country, there’s a huge disconnect between the general public and the people given the most space in advertisements. We are simultaneously told that being fit and athletic is what we should strive for, even as these people push products at us that do just the opposite.
Well, for better or worse, the outcome of this two-faced advertising is the rise of gyms, group fitness classes, and an increase in the number of people who exercise regularly. Now, that’s the good thing. There are a myriad of benefits to exercise, besides looking better: lower blood pressure, better metabolism, etc. Check out all of our free workout plansto see just how many benefits you might be able to experience by making fitness a habit!
However, the rise of all this exercising (like when any past-time or product becomes more popular with the general public) has led to a glut of exercise misconceptions, myths, and outright lies. Most of these are a result of people genuinely trying to do what’s best for their bodies and not getting good information. Others are misunderstandings of your body’s sometimes confusing biochemistry. Some are outright lies. Let’s sift through some of the most popular myths about exercise and shed the light of truth on them.
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