When it comes to exercise, a physical therapist should never discourage you. In fact, we can’t recommend a regular fitness routine enough. Obviously, we all know what kind of benefits it can have – from weight loss to mental health to increased energy and more. However, when it comes to fitness, there are also plenty of misconceptions surrounding it that we feel we ought to clarify.
No matter what, we’ll always provide the right support for anyone’s fitness goals. We’ll never discourage anyone from exercising regularly, no matter what their objectives may be. But, it is important to us that our patients exercise in as safe and informed a manner as possible to prevent sports injuries. In this post, we’ll discuss the most popular fitness myths.
1. Stretching Prevents Injuries
This one may be the most surprising of all. But it’s true – there is no research to suggest a connection between pre-workout stretching and injury prevention. Additionally, stretching before a strenuous, fitness-based activity or competition can actually have a negative impact on performance.
So rather than stretching beforehand, warm up dynamically. This means walking, doing lunges, jogging, etc. Of course, stretching is still very important. However, do your stretches independent of your regular exercise. And always make sure you cool down properly!
2. The More Exercise, The Better
Obviously, if you’re fixated on achieving maximum results, a no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners approach to exercise may seem like the advisable solution. However, it is essential that your exercise’s intensity and consistency align with your limits. It’s not always best to push yourself to the point where you’re risking your health and wellness.
In addition, you should make sure you’re scheduling days to recover (with no exercise) in your routine. If you fail to do so, you’ll increase your risk of injury.
3. Cardio Is More Important Than Strength Training
Generally speaking, those who exercise with the primary goal of improving health tend to focus more on cardio workouts. However, while cardio is definitely beneficial, it shouldn’t be your sole focus when it comes to exercise.
In fact, muscular fitness can often be just as important as cardio. Specifically, it’s essential when it comes to issues like bone health, injury prevention and weight management, to name a few.
4. If You’re Sore or Injured, Only Rest Is Best
Obviously, resting has long been a go-to solution for any kind of soreness, pain or injury. And when it comes to certain injuries, this is still the ideal remedy. However, recent research suggests that motion, and what experts call an “active recovery” can greatly speed the healing process, specifically under the care and guidance of a physical therapist.
If you have any pain or injury preventing you from exercising, make an appointment with a physical therapist. Certified physical therapists (like those at Lake Shore Physical Therapy) are trained to help reduce pain, restore mobility and lead more healthy, active lives.
Conclusion – Lake Shore Physical Therapy
First and foremost, we want each of our patients to be as healthy as possible. That’s why it’s imperative to understand facts vs. myths and navigate your exercise regimen with as much reliable information as possible.
Ultimately, we’re always here to help you with any and all fitness-related inquiries.