Top 10 Fitness Myths

The Olympics Opening Ceremonies begin this Friday in London, which will also kick off more than two weeks of you sitting on the couch watching people with the world’s best bodies compete for the gold. Reinvigorate your exercise regimen with StumbleUpon so you feel at least somewhat up to par with these athletes, and keep the myths below in mind so you don’t veer off track:

Myth #1 – You need to join a gym to get fit. Not everyone is a gym person, and that’s perfectly ok. Read this Lifehacker article to learn how to get a full body workout with nothing but your body.

Myth #2 – Yoga is for everyone. Yoga can yield great results, but don’t assume you can do every position. Some bodies just aren’t built for yoga’s challenging poses.

Myth #3 – You need to drink a ton of water when you exercise. Athletes may actually be more in danger of overhydration than dehydration, says one study.

Myth #4 – Running very long distances is good for your heart. Maybe it feels like anyone is up for a marathon these days, but keep in mind that extreme running can actually be bad for your heart and can be too much of a good thing.

Myth #5 – You should eat during your workout. Love those GU gels? It doesn’t help for workouts shorter than a couple hours, according to some experts .

Myth #6 – Egg yolks are bad for you. Been missing your fried eggs sunny side up? The fat in egg yolks help to reduce LDL, or the bad cholesterol, and eating eggs won’t affect your cholesterol balance. But cholesterol can actually provide other health benefits too, like brain repair, says one study. Of course you should always check with your doctor before changing your cholesterol intake if you have a medical history or concern.

Myth #7 – If women lift heavy weights, they’ll look too much like men. Not true, since women don’t have the same level of testosterone as men.

Myth #8 – You can lose weight just by exercising more. Experts say that diet and exercise are both key to losing weight, although good habits in one area can influence your behavior in the other.

Myth #9 – Drinking water can help you lose weight. Evidence for the idea that drinking lots of water flushes toxins from your body that keep you from being lean is slim. Drinking water also doesn’t make you less hungry.

Myth #10 – Stretching before working out is crucial. Experts are now saying that stretching is more important post-workout than beforehand.

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Top 10 Strangest Phenomena of the Mind

1. Deja Vu

Deja vu is an experience of having seen or experienced a new situation previously. It feels like if the event has already happened before. The experience is usually accompanied by a strong sense of familiarity and a sense of paradox or bizarre. The “previous” experience is usually attributed to a dream, but sometimes there is a constant feeling that it really has happened in the past.

2. Deja Vecu

Deja vecu is what most people experience when they think they are having a deja vu. Deja vu is when one has a feeling that he has seen something before, whereas deja vecu is an experience of having seen an event before, but with great detail as to recognize the smells and sounds. This also is usually accompanied by a very strong sense of knowledge about what will happen next.

3. Deja Senti

Deja senti is a phenomenon of having already felt something. The phrase “I have felt it before” perfectly captures deja senti. It is only a mental phenomenon and seldom remains in our memory later. Many epileptic patients often experience deja senti.

4. Deja Visite

Deja visite is a less common experience and includes an unexplained knowledge of a new place. For example, you may know the location around you (a new city or a landscape) although you have never been there before.

5. Jamais Vu

Jamais Vu describes a familiar situation that we do not recognize. It is often considered to be the opposite phenomenon of deja vu. The observer does not recognize the situation although it is known that he has experienced it before.

6. Presque Vu

Presque Vu is very similar to the feeling in the “tip of the tongue”. When someone is ready to say something but his brain gets stuck and a word does not come out.

7. L’esprit de l’escalier

L’esprit de l’escalier is when a smart thought comes to you when it is too late.

8. Capgras Delusion

Capgras Delusion is a phenomenon when a person believes that a close friend or a family member has been replaced with an identically looking one. This illusion is often met in people with schizophrenia.

9. Fregoli Delusion

Fregoli Delusion is a rare brain phenomenon which makes a person believe that different people are the same person in various disguises.

10. Prosopagnosia

Prosopagnosia is a phenomenon in which a person is unable to recognize faces of people or objects he knows. People who have this disorder are usually able to use the other senses to identify individuals, such as the person’s perfume, the sound of his voice or his hairstyle.