The internet has provided so many benefits to society, that it’s easy to overlook some of the negative aspects associated with the world wide web. Yet, the spread of unregulated misinformation is one of the most dangerous elements relating to the development of the internet. The beauty –– and terror –– about the internet is that anyone can make a website and write anything they want. Sadly, some websites exist solely to spread false wellness tips, or to promote vitamin pills or “health supplements” that don’t really work. Here, though, we’ll examine five common fitness myths and let you in on the truth instead:
The Dreaded Toilet Seat
It’s natural to assume that toilet seats spread diseases, but the fact of the matter is you’re more likely to get sick from touching a door handle in a bathroom. What’s more, you can’t contract an STD from using a public toilet. In brief, STDs aren’t contagious in the same way the common cold is.
You Can “Out Work” a Poor Diet
Want to lose weight, but hate the restrictions of dieting? Some will simply advise you to work out extra hard and to hit the gym more often to compensate for unhealthful diet choices. The reality is though, if you want to achieve long-term fitness goals, you need to find a reasonable diet that works for you. Even if you exercise vigorously every day, junk food is still bad.
Certain snacks have earned an unwarranted reputation as “healthy.” Salads, yogurt, smoothies, etc. may seem like smart dietary options, but they also may contain a high caloric count. Always make sure to read the label to determine the ingredients in everything you purchase at the grocery store, because the fine print tells the true story of a food item’s nutritional value. Note, checking out a few savvy cooking tips can also help you manage a diet more effectively.
Everyone knows the phrase, “no pain, no gain.” And while exercising regularly may cause some soreness, you shouldn’t feel excruciating discomfort every time you lift weights or go for a jog. It’s imperative for novices to learn the difference between feeling sore and being inured; otherwise, they could really hurt themselves trying to “push through” a tough workout.
Don’t Go to the Doctor
Doctors have become an object of scorn for a number of people over the past ten years or so. And –– to a certain extent –– that’s understandable. Going to the doctor can be expensive. In addition, many people just dislike visiting medical facilities –– they’re put off by everything from esoteric equipment like a 1536 well plate, to the sterile smell that pervades exam rooms. And of course, doctors occasionally have to deliver some really bad news, which is a scary thought. However, doctors are not bad people. In large part, they’re dedicated professionals who only want to help others. For your sake, make sure to visit your local M.D. on a regular basis –– trust us, you’ll be glad you did!