Fitness and Health Myths You Need to Stop Believing Now

An industry expert busts the most common myths about exercise and diet

Despite the unimaginable amount of advice about fitness and health available online, on TV, and in books and magazines, exercise and nutrition are still topics of confusion and misunderstanding.

Perhaps it’s because there’s just too much information to sort through or maybe it’s because it’s all not as complicated as we’re lead on to believe?

“There continues to be a need for more information and tips for balancing exercise and diet, as well as setting realistic goals for overall health and well-being,” says Bowflex Fitness Advisor, Tom Holland.

Holland is an internationally known exercise physiologist, a certified sports nutritionist, and an author who’s committed his career to helping people better their lives through fitness.

“There has never been a better time to stay healthy and get in shape thanks to the incredible advances in fitness technology,” he said

He believes that in order to reach their health and fitness goals, more people should take advantage of the massive amounts of content they can find on the Internet, as well as the powerful connections that can be made through social media.

“All of these resources can really help people make profound changes towards a healthier way of life,” he said.

Of course, it’s important to remember that not everything you see and read on the World Wide Web is true.

So, to help you weave through the many myths and misconceptions about fitness and health, Holland has shared his insight and expertise to reveal the truth about some of the most commonly misunderstood aspects of exercise and diet.

MYTH: "I have to spend at least one hour in the gym to see results."

Holland feels that this is one of the most misunderstood aspects of exercise. “This myth actually plays into the number one reason people cite for not exercising, namely, lack of time,” he said. “There is now significant research indicating that smaller bouts of exercise done throughout the day can yield big results.” He also explained that even breaking 30 minutes of activity into three separate 10-minute sessions throughout the day can produce the same effect. “Even one- to two-minute, short bursts of exercise have significant value over time,” he added. 

MYTH: "I'm exercising, so I can eat whatever I want."

“Research has shown that combining healthy eating and diet is the ‘secret’ to losing weight and keeping it off long term,” Holland said. “Burning a few hundred calories through exercise and reducing caloric intake by a few hundred each day will lead to one to two pounds of weight lost per week—a realistic and sustainable goal.”

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