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When it comes to working out, we tend to believe the casual fitness tips we’ve heard over the years. Who wants to do research? Well, the sad fact is that sometimes they’re true, but often they aren’t. Fitness professionals are setting the record straight on these tips by separating fact from fiction. Here are five exercise myths you may have believed that really aren’t true.

No Pain No Gain

When you’re working out, your muscles grow by creating micro tears and repairing during rest to build your muscle and make it stronger. Some discomfort is normal, but if exercise is painful, your body is talking to you. It’s telling you to rest and repair. Rest is just as important as training, so listen to your body and not the myth that says you need to be in pain to gain.

Morning Workouts Are The Best

It’s a common belief that working out in the morning gives you the best results. The truth is, exercise is most effective whenever you decide to do it. Period. The calories you burn and muscles that you build are calories burnt and muscles built no matter the time of day. So, get going whenever is best for you.

Lifting Heavy Weights Will Make You Bulky

This long-held belief seems to be common among women who are afraid of free weight training will make them look like The Incredible Hulk. Lifting heavy weights will give you lean muscle mass and support your bones, lessening your risk of osteoporosis. Having strong muscles supporting your bones is good for both men and women. Merely lifting heavy weights will not make you abnormally bulky.

Carbs Will Make You Fat

The only thing that makes you fat is overeating and moving too little. Carbohydrates are essential for energy stores, so it’s unwise to cut them out. Eating carbs won’t make you fat, so don’t shy away from your whole grains and fruit. And don’t forget to use that energy to move your body for optimal health.

You Need To Workout Every Day

As we’ve stated, it’s essential for your overall fitness to incorporate rest into your exercise plan. So, while it’s recommended by The American Heart Association that you exercise 150 minutes per week, you can break that up however you want. Five days of working out while incorporating two days of rest are ideal for strength and overall health.