Fitness myths busted: The truth about working out

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Think you know truth from fiction when it comes to your fitness? Take a look below to see just how well you do:

MYTH: Women who lift weights will look bulky

Women don't have the hormone levels for this to happen; strength training will help you lose weight faster and keep it off.

MYTH: The number on the scale is most important

Real success is about how you feel if your clothes fit differently and you know that you are making healthy lifestyle changes

MYTH: You have to exercise hard for hours to make a difference

Find ways to incorporate exercise in everyday activities. Take the stairs, park your car farther away from the store, get up and walk to talk to a coworker rather than email or call, do squats while brushing your teeth/drying your hair/waiting for shower to warm up.

MYTH: Doing a bunch of crunches will get rid of my flabby belly

Unfortunately, we can't choose where we burn fat. You have to decrease overall body fat with a workout program that includes both cardio and strength training. Exercises like planks, push-ups, and burpees target your entire core.

MYTH: It's too late to get in shape

It's never too late to get healthy. Start with small changes like walking 5-10 minutes a day, then gradually increase time and add strength training.


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