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6 Fitness Rules That Were Meant to be Broken

fitness-rules-585Just as there is plenty of questionable diet and weight-loss advice going around, some fitness “rules” that people live by are downright misleading, misguided or just plain wrong. Why does it matter? Because you want to make the most of your time in the gym and stay safe while you do it, that’s why! Read on for SparkPeople’s top fitness rules that you should start breaking today. Feels great to be a rebel, eh?

Fitness Rules Meant to Broken

Old rule: Tone up a specific area of your body by exercising it more. You know the infomercials and workout DVDs that promise to get rid of those flabby underarms, tighten your hips or turn your stomach into an instant six-pack? Well, they fib. There is absolutely no way for you to selectively reduce fat on a specific area of the body. While you can build muscle in a particular area, you cannot get rid of the fat that way.

New rule: Burn fat for six-pack abs and jiggle-free arms. Truth be told, you do have a six-pack under that stomach—you just can’t see it yet if you have some pounds to lose! So instead of wasting your energy by spot training (think thousands of crunches), focus on using your entire body to burn calories through a mix of weight training and cardio. Also, be sure to eat a healthy, fresh-foods diet. It’s only through exercise and a proper diet that those strong muscles can be shown off!

Read on as we debunk six old fitness myths and replace them with new workout rules that will support your body to be its fittest and healthiest! —Jenn

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