Busting Health and Fitness Myths
Pain Not Necessary for Health and Fitness, but Walking Is
By Jeanie Lerche Davis
Reviewed By Charlotte Grayson
Calm down. Women who lift weights don't get bulky muscles. Pain is not necessary to achieve gain. A huge time commitment is not required for health and fitness. And what about walking? Is walking all it's cracked up to be?
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) is helping us sort through what we've heard about health and fitness -- the myths vs. the truth.
Make no mistake, walking gets brownie points. "If anything, walking is probably underrated," says physiologist and ACE spokesman Richard Cotton.
What's written about walking does hold water, he says. "If America began to walk even a minimal amount -- 30 minutes a day -- it would turn around the epidemic of heart disease and obesity."
But here are the myths:
Katie Heimburger, MS, exercise physiologist in Atlanta, adds a few more health and fitness myths to the list:
What puts health and fitness myths in our minds? It's those get-skinny-quick product ads, Cotton says. "People want to know what's the easiest possible way to get from here to there." When it comes to health and fitness, "there's no magic bullet."
Originally published May 15, 2003.
Medically updated March 29, 2004.
SOURCES: News release, American Council on Exercise. Richard Cotton, exercise physiologist and ACE spokesman. Katie Heimburger, MS, exercise physiologist, Atlanta.
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