10 false myths about sport

Repeatedly health experts advise Do sport from the first ages of life. The benefits of physical activity are very numerous for our health, but nevertheless the exercise is sometimes subject to false myths: false ideas that speak of benefits that are not true or even invented dangers.

In our day to day there are many occasions when We find false myths that speak of everything: of nutrition, pregnancy, etc. It is our responsibility Do not believe everything you can tell us in the street and, always, consult experts when doubts arise: they are the ones who can really tell us if what they have told us is true or an invention without a scientific basis.


We dismantled in this articles 10 false myths about sport, of which some may even be dangerous if many people believe them. These are the most widespread false beliefs about physical exercise, do you know any more?

10 false beliefs about physical exercise

1.- The more you sweat, the more you lose weight. One of the most known and, in fact, most dangerous myths, because they make some people run too warm or even in the hottest hours with the aim of sweating more. However, it is totally false: when you sweat you are losing water, not calories, therefore, you are dehydrating and the weight you lose you will recover as soon as you drink to hydrate.


2.- This is the best time to exercise. Surely you have ever heard someone recommend another person a certain time of day to exercise: this is false. Any time is good for sports, as long as it is done with common sense: Experts remember that, if you go out in the morning, do not do it on an empty stomach. If you decide that the sport will be in the afternoon, better once the digestion is done and, if it is at night, it is not right before going to bed because you will activate and it will be difficult for you to get to sleep. Therefore, it is also false that at one time of the day more fat is burned than another.

3.- Abs, squats. With the abdominals you do not eliminate gut, nor with squats the thickness of the thigh or butt. With this kind of exercises what you are doing is increase muscle volume: Fat is reduced throughout the body when you exercise regularly and follow a balanced diet. On the squats, it is important to remember that doing them will not increase the hips, another false myth very widespread.


4.- Walking is not doing sports. Again, false. Walking does serve as a sport and, in fact, today is one of the most widespread healthy recommendations: walk about 30 minutes a day, It helps to increase the heart resistance and, this time yes, with this exercise they burn calories (as with all, in fact).

5.- Laces are good. If you have stiffness the day after exercising is that something you did wrong, probably the previous heating or the subsequent stretching to sport; although it is also possible that they appear because you have done more exercise than you were used to.

6.- The shoelaces disappear with water and sugar. As we have said, usually the shoelaces have to do with a bad stretch, so this is the formula for them to disappear: light stretches and to practice a light physical activity after an intense exercise (like taking a walk after having run several kilometers).

7.- Any sport is good. Yes and no. No sport is bad, but it is true that there are more recommended sports than others, especially when you reach a certain age or have certain pathologies. To choose the sport, it is best to take into account the age, if you have any injury, how long ago we do not practice sports ... in the case of children is different: the limitations will be put by doctors in the event that there is some disease

8.- Stretching is always good. According to clarify the experts of the University of Córdoba (UCO), you have to stretch at the right time and in the right way, because if done badly it can have negative consequences. In this way, they recommend not to stretch in cold, not to force or get to the pain, to maintain a relaxed breathing and to avoid that the muscles remain sore.

9.- Sport distracts from studies. On many occasions we have echoed the recommendations of experts on how good it is for children to play sports. From the UCO they explain that Sport contributes "to the integral education of the person, not only to physics, which is evident, it also provides values ​​and skills, or reinforces them. "Therefore, no sport is not a distraction.

10.- Sport allows you to eat whatever you want. This is false: playing sports does not give you "permission" to eat something more greasy than normal. As the experts of the Cordovan University explain, "the sport practiced in a healthy way must be supported by a balanced diet and a proper rest, to have a healthy life. The more exercise is done, the more energy is needed and more calories are consumed per day, but if you eat more than the bill, not only will you not lose weight but you will win. "

Angela R. Bonachera

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