If you haven't activated your almonds today, you're not going to be able to maximize your workout. And definitely don't forget that you need to workout six to seven times per day, but never for more than 17 minutes. Like these pearls of wisdom, a lot of fitness advice is such massive garbage that you have to call a special service to get it removed, because your usual garbage man isn't contracted to pick up shit that big.
It's with these classic frustrations in mind that a Reddit thread took to piling up some of their favorite bogus fitness facts, including the seven often repeated myths below.
Churn the Fat Into Muscles
That's not really how things work
. Fat is made of adipose tissue and muscle is made of proteins. They're two different things. The misconception comes from people beginning to see their body burning fat as fuel while adding muscle mass. Those things can happen at roughly the same time, but it's not fat turning into muscle.
Also, the inverse isn't true. If you binge-watch the new season of Orange is the New Black, the lack of exercise won't turn muscle into fat.
I Don't Want to Get Too Ripped Up
If you're just starting to exercise regularly, don't let this concern you.
I'm Just Gonna Work on a Six-Pack
"That you can go from fat to six-pack by doing only ab exercises." — @mrdz1
Bodybuilding.com took aim at this myth recently, noting that you've got to do a variety of core exercises, and you definitely can't think you're going to get toned how you want to by just doing a bunch of crunches. Do a variety of core exercises.
Good Habits Start at the Start of the Week
If you believe this, your to-do list must be unbearable.
Haters Gonna Gate, He Said on Facebook
It's a bit of a harsh way of saying that you don't need to worry about what others think. No one in the gym is judging based on your ability. Everyone is there for the same reason. If they are judging, they're probably the kind of person who does this
Soreness Means You're Getting Jacked
It says nothing about quality, but it does just feel good sometimes and that's ok.
Grapefruit and Pooping Help You Get Strong
If it is something people believe, don't believe it yourself. No proof here, but grapefruit, poop, and squats aren't a regimen your doctor is recommending.
But that's not a thing people believe. Right?
Broadly speaking, if the fitness facts you're being sold sound too good to be true, come in "easy payments," or talk big about toxins without being able to talk science, that advice is worth being skeptical of.