Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Exercise
Fact check: now there’s a term I will just bet you are sick of hearing. You sure are if you’ve been reading about the election debates! Inspired by the political season, I thought I would share a little fact checking of my own and give you some little known facts about exercising and keeping fit. Some you might know, but some might be a surprise.
• Stretching does not reduce the risk of sports related injury for the most part.
• Doing static stretches before a workout may actually make you weaker during the workout itself.
• People take too long to rest between sets. 60 seconds should suffice.
• Most women won’t get bulky due to lifting weights. They don’t have enough testosterone for that.
• The length of your workout doesn’t correlate with how effective it is. Intensity is more important.
• Women should lift heavy weights to develop a tight, toned and feminine body.
• It takes 48 to 72 hours for a muscle to fully recover after a strenuous strength training session.
• Ab exercises are not necessary to lose belly fat.
• You can’t spot-reduce fat by doing targeted exercises.
• Circuit training is an excellent way to do short and intense
• Doing lat pulldowns to the back of the neck is not a safe exercise.
• The more people talk in the gym, the less they actually train.
• Chest exercises usually also work the triceps. Back exercises usually also work the biceps.
• You can do highly effective exercises with a towl.
• Working with free weights is considered more effective than using strength machines.
• Doing cardio in the morning, before eating breakfast, burns more body fat than doing it at other times.
• Walking with ankle weights holds some risks if it makes you walk incorrectly.
• Multi-jointed exercises are more metabolically expensive than isolation exercises.
• It is much easier to consume calories than it is to burn them off through exercise.