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7 Lies You Need to Stop Telling Yourself About Fitness

When it comes to exercise, there are plenty of fibs you tell yourself — and they’re doing you a disservice. There’s a long laundry list of them, too — from myths about your cardio regimen to the falsehoods about the terrible foods you regularly eat. But lying to yourself about fitness can actually keep you from reaching your goals. What’s worse is that some fitness lies are so common, you might be telling yourself one of them without even realizing it. Here are seven common lies you need to stop telling yourself about fitness.

1. ‘This exercise machine is totally accurate’

man touching the screen of a treadmill

man touching the screen of a treadmill Behold the biggest liar of all — the calorie counter. | iStock.com

By now, there have been plenty of reports showing us the calorie counters on workout machines aren’t an exact science. In fact, Joe Stankowski, C.P.T., told Men’s Fitness that most machines “aren’t accurate for about 20% of the population.” This can be because your body doesn’t burn calories at a high rate when it’s accustomed to a workout, or because a person is gripping the sensors on the machine improperly.

But even with this knowledge, many people still look to that counter as a sign of whether they’re getting the most out of their workouts. If you are serious about wanting to track your efforts, Men’s Fitness says using a heart rate monitor is a better bet.

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