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.