Outside Magazine is testing fitness fanatics knowledge about the basic rules to working out.
“The 10 Biggest Fitness Myths” had me raising an eyebrow after just myth number 3.
Myth #1: Stretching prevents injuries and improves performance.
I’ve heard this before and I don’t do any major pre workout stretching. In experiments, static stretching temporarily decreased strength in the stretched muscle by as much as 30 percent, an effect that can last up to half an hour.
Myth #2: Running barefoot is better for the body.
I don’t hate barefoot runners, but I certainly am not a fan. Was that PC enough? You all have heard my rant before. Unless you were raised in the bush, you grew up wearing shoes, and as repeated biomechanical studies show, our bodies cling stubbornly to what they know
Myth #3: You need to focus on your core to become a better athlete.
I stopped in my tracks at this myth. I thought your core was the key? Core strength is important, but most people get what they need simply by practicing their sport. Common routines like squats, deadlifts, and kettlebell drills add plenty of core strength.
The article goes on to talk about ibuprofen, hydration, and other fun facts. It’s definitely worth a read.
Do you have a personal fitness myth that maybe you have debunked to share?