Myths about exercise

“If I have a chronic illness, I should avoid exercise.” Is it a stereotype or truth? Today, let’s take a look at some myths about exercise.

You may find it difficult to incorporate exercise into your life when you’re busy. There are many good reasons why people can’t find the time for physical activity and some known misconceptions. Here are some common exercise myths and what research says about them.

Myths about exercise

I’m got in shape and I don’t need exercise anymore

Unfortunately, the health benefits of exercise don’t last if you stop being active. Significant reduction or discontinuation of training may result in loss of benefits gained, such as endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Stability is the key.

Keep your training interesting and stay at a high level throughout your life to get the best health benefits.

Running up all day doesn’t mean you exercised

Constant movement means that you have a high level of physical activity. This enhances health, and to get the best benefits, increase your exercise level to at least 150 minutes per week when possible.

Exercise should take at least 10 minutes otherwise it’s a waste of time

The good news is that recent guidelines have eliminated the need for exercise to take at least ten minutes. There is no minimum limit to health benefits, so do your daily chores like carrying heavy bags and strenuous household stuff such as gardening duties to improve your health.

I have a chronic illness and should avoid exercise

This is not the case. Being more active will benefit you in case of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and COPD. Be as active as possible, make 150 minutes of physical activity a week – moderate exercise – if possible, your goal.

If you have complex health needs, first ask your doctor before you start exercising and get exercise advice from a physiotherapist or other professional.

I’m too old to exercise

This isn’t true. Science says that aging itself is not a cause of major problems until you reach 95. Strength and muscle mass can increase even at this advanced age. Ideally your exercise should include aerobics, balance exercises and muscle strengthening if you are 65 and older.

I run once a week but that is not enough

Rest assured that any amount of running, even once a week, is better than none. If you don’t have the time, even 50 minutes once a week at a slower rate has the effect of reducing the risk of premature death.

I’m pregnant and I have to be careful

Moderate physical activity is safe for pregnant women who are generally healthy and doesn’t pose a risk to the health of the fetus.

Physical activity reduces the risk of severe weight gain and diabetes during pregnancy.


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