12 Fitness Myths You Have To Stop Believing Because They’re Making Things Harder

Today is National Fitness Day, which probably doesn’t even really mean anything because there appears to be some sort of “National” holiday every single day. But I digress. It’s (maybe) National Fitness Day, and that made me think about fitness, and how everyone feels about it, which led to me thinking about the fitness myths that so many people dangerously believe.

I am not the most athletic or fit person you’ll ever meet, but I like to think that I’m pretty fitness-conscious. I try to work out at least twice a week, whether I’m doing SoulCycle, going for a run, going on a bike ride or walk, or lifting weights. I try to do yoga every day. I like to try new exercises to shake things up once in a while. I eat healthy because I have to or my body turns on me (I have a lot of chronic stomach issues). I’m at a healthy weight right now and I’m feeling okay about my body most of the time. Also, I genuinely like to work out – I don’t only do it to lose weight. I do it to feel good.


But I wasn’t always this way. Throughout high school and most of college, I believed a lot of the below fitness myths that were actually putting me in danger. I had so many unhealthy attitudes towards exercise and food. I tried one fad diet after another. I attempted cleanses. I binged. I worked out and wasted money on expensive gyms and trainers with the sole goal being to lose weight. I went on the scale every single week. I hated how I looked. I was miserable a lot. And the myths I believed about fitness weren’t helping.

I, unfortunately, know a lot of young women who are the way I used to be. So, I spend a decent amount of time debunking myths and trying not to seem condescending because I really want these young women to get to where I am today – not obsessed with losing weight, more focused on being healthy. So, here are 12 fitness myths that absolutely aren’t true. These will prove that you are probably doing a lot better than you think. And we could all use that kind of positivity once in a while.

What are your thoughts on these fitness myths? What did we forget? Tell us in the comments!

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  • disqus_o6Gx4GsYY3

    I think counting calories works as long as you’re smart and make some research. I keep my calorie track to watch my sugar intake, as I have a sweet tooth. I go for brown rice, eat beans and make sure I have an amazing breakfast, a protein lunch and something light for dinner (yogurt with fruit or perhaps toast) after working out. As long as you keep yourself away from the easy away (eating only Oreos, for example), it’ll be okay.