Busting common fitness myths

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Are you hitting the gym to get in shape for summer? As you do a little spring training there are a few fitness myths that you need to know aren’t true.

fitness myth 1Myth #1: Crunches lead to six-packs

Crunches aren’t the best way to keep your abs slim. It’s best to do planks or an exercise that engages your entire core.

fitness myth 2Myth #2: Running is hard on your knees

Experts recommend a total body workout, in addition to regular running, so that you build up muscles to support your knees during your runs.

fitness myth 3Myth #3: The more time in the gym, the better

Experts say no! You don’t have to be a gym rat. It’s not about the hours you clock at the gym, but about the way you train. If you work out hard every single day it prevents your muscles from rebounding and prevents you from improving.

So you should schedule a day of rest between workouts.

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