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Busting Four Fitness Myths

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This post is in cooperation with the #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center, as part of the #teamNFC program.

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It’s enough that we all face real challenges to live better, lose weight and find success.  It’s doubly challenging if part of what we are up against are myths.  I appreciate that the fitness pros at National Fitness Center can help dispel some of those fitness myths. Here’s what I’ve been learning from these personal trainers:

Myth #1: You are too old to start working out.  Not true, says Denise. She says we are never too old to start a fitness program.  Denise outlines that doing functional fitness activities that mimic  movements like getting in and out of a chair, even movements needed for housework or yardwork, are all good ways to stay active, no matter our age or limitations.  Of course, always check with your doctor, but Denise is confident she can find functional fitness ideas and modifications to meet any needs.

Myth #2: Weights will make women bulky. Tasha says no, weights won’t make a woman look too bulky or manly.  Instead, she can show you how to properly use weights to tone and sculpt as you work on an overall fitness plan.  Women looking for results at the gym have often been pleasantly surprised to see how weights can help them slim down and meet their goals.

Myth #3: You can’t practice fitness at home.  Ryne has a list for you of a few simple exercises you can certainly do at home: jogging, push-ups, crunches, and air squats. You can probably think of other ways to burn calories, from housework to working out in the yard as temperatures warm up.  You can find ways to get active at home, and the option to get more strength training and motivation is always there at the gym, as well.

Myth #4: You either have to go it alone or hire a personal trainer for results. Nichole suggests that group training might be what you are looking for if you don’t want to go on the fitness journey alone, but you can’t commit to a personal trainer. Nichole says fitness in a group setting, with an experienced instructor, can provide you motivation, structure, accountability and support.

If these fitness pros sound familiar, you may have seen them on Tuesday mornings on Local 8 News on the CW in Knoxville.

This post is in cooperation with the #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center.

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