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Some of the basic myths about health and fitness often still confuse the public. Here are just a few:

If I exercise, I will look great and lose weight. Exercise offers lots of benefits, will firm up the body, but it’s difficult to exercise enough to compensate for a poor diet. The average 30-minute workout burns 240-355 calories, that is a single serving of potato chips. One soda a day is 16 pounds a year.
People who do not exercise are lazy. A person’s inactivity could be for a variety of reasons. Some may think it’s pointless, too hard to start or it’s for people who are already fit. Many people are pinched for time between family, school or they work two jobs. We must inspire and educate people to move more and consume less processed foods.
The more you spend on health and fitness the better the results. All you need is a pair of good exercise shoes to get started. There are lots of sportswear, gear and equipment you can spend your money on, but the key is to move with regularity. Money doesn’t guarantee results or sound judgement.
The physical effects of aging are unavoidable? Many conditions associated with aging can be avoided by remaining physically fit, eating a balanced diet and getting your rest. Sitting is the new smoking, fast food rules and most people are too sedentary. Get moving.
The more complicated the exercise routine the better. Exercise is straightforward. The body responds to stressors in a predictable manner. Don’t confuse complexity with wisdom and expect quicker results. Experts may not in reality be experts.
Fad diets get faster results. Most people who stick to a diet will lose weight. The key is to keep the weight off while maintaining good health. Most diets and diet plans fail on both counts. Healthy eating is a lifestyle change.
Exercise related injuries happen to others. Anyone can be injured. Look for the signs: tired, poor sleep, sore muscles, joint pain, poor recovery, irritability and loss of appetite. Be self-aware and avoid chronic and debilitating injuries.
Exercise isn’t fun. Your body is meant to move. Physical activity improves mood. Find an activity or activities you enjoy. Exercise can be built into your schedule, whether it’s indoor or outdoor, at the gym, at work or home. Go dancing, take up gardening, bicycle, try yoga, or just go for a family walk. Movement is life.

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Carla Gray, BSES, HFS, CPT is a personal trainer and can be reached at
info@fitnessconnection.net or (504) 885-7855.

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