Top 10 Stubborn Exercise Myths That Just Won’t Die

“No pain, no gain!” “You’ll never bulk up without supplements.” “Crunches are the key to six-pack abs!” It seems there are more questions and half-truths in the market about healthy exercise than there are clear, definitive facts—but the exercise industry is a multi-billion dollar business in the United States alone, built partially on selling gadgets and DVDs with incredible claims to people desperate to lose weight or look attractive. Meanwhile, good workout plans and simple truths lurk in the background waiting for their time to shine. All of this results in a ton of misinformation about exercise in general, and while the reality is different for everyone, we’re taking some of those commonly held exercise myths to task, and we have science to back us up. Let’s get started.

Source: Top 10 Stubborn Exercise Myths That Just Won’t Die

Running on Soft Surfaces Won’t Prevent Injury Versus Running on Pavement

It makes sense that a sport that’s been around since the beginning of humanity would develop a healthy mythology. But if you believe in these five myths, your running will suffer. Your running enlightenment starts now.

Source: 5 Running Myths Debunked

Trails have the advantage of an uneven surface (although they come with their own risk), but not all soft surfaces are uneven. More importantly, people who have been avoiding pavement thinking there’s a problem with it can now run wherever they like.

Food Doesn’t Rot in Your Stomach, and Other Digestion Myths Debunked

No matter how blatantly false and unsubstantiated they are, some Internet-driven health myths just refuse to die. The myth of “food combining,” which purports that the body is unable to digest certain foods if they are eaten in the wrong combination, ranks high among these. Typically, proponents of food combining warn that fruits must be eaten alone, lest they “rot” and feed “harmful yeasts” in the body. They also contend that when meats are eaten with grains or starches, it results in the meat “putrefying” in the gut because various digestive factors required to process protein and carbohydrate – be they enzymes or pH levels – “neutralize” one another and prevent the digestion of both. The consequences of inappropriate food combining, proponents of the practice caution, may range from gas and bloating to bona fide disease.

Source: Debunking the Myth of Food Combining

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