Today we’re going to look at the myths of exercise where the information is largely based on a report I found in the New Scientist recently. This report draws together the threads of information that scientists have been gathering from their studies and surveys over the last 30-yrs in the form of how much exercise we require on a daily basis and whether overweight people need to apply extra caution when they begin an exercise regime.
Fitness & Health #1/10
- General overall
- What counts as exercise?
- How much and how often?
- How do I know if I’m getting fit?
- Is pumping iron really necessary?
- Jogging can kill you – myth!
- Is getting fit easier for some people?
- You can’t be fat and fit – myth!
- You need to push fluids – myth!
- What if I get injured?
An introduction to health and fitness
Such a lot of mixed information has filtered through over recent decades and some of us may feel stuck because of the contradictions and confusion around the risk-factors, what’s really safe, alongside who and what we should listen to.
So what are the myths and legends that surround exercise and what’s best for you? Are your age, gender, weight and fitness levels a deciding factor on where you begin to tackle it?
How little can you get away with … in order to tick the exercise box, so you get on with everything else in your life with more ease?
A Sports psychology view
Simon Marshall a specialist Sports Psychologist at the San Diego State University in California confirms that the experts in his field have been a bit inept in distilling correct and appropriate information to the public at large.
He goes on to state that it;s either due to the lack of clear information or just plain laziness but not nearly enough of us exercise to keep healthy. A survey carried out in the UK recently showed that only about a third of adults are making the effort in meeting the minimum requirements for physical activity.
Although it’s generally accepted that exercise is beneficial, it’s only in recent history that we’ve come to recognize the positive contribution it makes in respect of optimum health.
We’ll look into this a bit further in #2 next time, and find out what the actual requirements are for helping you reach a standard and/or maintain fitness levels, especially as one ages.
PS: I’d love to support you in getting rid of what’s not floating-your-boat, so that you can learn how to change what works against you and start tapping into your full potential.
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