Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?: Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise by Alex HutchinsonIn Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? Alex Hutchinson, a physicist, award-winning journalist, and contributing editor of Popular Mechanics magazine, reveals the little-known and often surprising truths that science has uncovered about exercise. A book that ranges from cardio and weights to competition and weight loss, here are fascinating facts and practical tips for fitness buffs, competitive athletes, and popular science fans alike.
10 Fitness Myths vs. Truth
Every January seems the same. Suddenly the once barren streets are full of joggers. Grocery store carts are stacked tall with fresh fruits and vegetables. Americans are resolved again to get fit, lose weight and be healthier. To help us mere mortals get the most out of our workouts, Wiedenbach penned Fitness Myths to correct the widespread misconceptions. Here are the top 10 most common that may trip you up in the New Year. This one is pervasive and unfortunately a myth.
Over time, the body adapts to a given workload, so the number of microtraumas — the reaction of your muscles to unusual strain that causes post-training pain — is reduced as the muscles become stronger. However, if pain or severe discomfort occurs during physical activity, there is a chance that you are doing something wrong or have sustained an injury. It is necessary to stop and monitor your condition. If during the next time you exercise, the discomfort persists or worsens, you may need to change the routine or stop training for the day. Analyze the situation and if discomfort continues to bother you after you have finished working out, be sure to consult a doctor.
Here, the most popular fitness and diet myths you've bought into — and why they and you are wrong. Fact: Many sources tout drinking copious amounts of water to be the all-curing panacea of the Gods. If you've heard that drinking lots of water improves your skin tone, or that it flushes toxins from your body, you know what we're talking about. But the fact of the matter is, the evidence for such catch-all health benefits is lacking. Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania have found that both the aforementioned "benefits" simply aren't true. Another myth is that drinking lots of water will make you less hungry. Sorry to tell you this — you may eat less because you're too busy trucking back and forth between the bathroom and dinner table, but that's about it.
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The 13 Biggest Fitness Myths. Fact: Working out can reduce your overall body fat, but you can't control where that fat comes from. Even though they only trained on one side, they lost about the same amount of body fat in each leg and burned even more body fat above the waist. Fact: Your body burns more fat when you hit the gym before you eat breakfast, according to a new study published online in the British Journal of Nutrition. Just don't skimp on water. Fact: A little discomfort is okay, but if you feel a sharp pain anywhere, stop what you're doing and consult a doc, says exercise physiologist Dayna Davidson. Fact: Stretching loosens your tendons, and makes muscles feel weaker and less steady, according to a new study.