Getting Americans off the couch and onto their feet could save an estimated 200,000 lives a year. Yet most of us are either sedentary or only minimally active.
Exercise myths may keep many couch potatoes from getting into shape.
People still ask questions like: How often should I exercise? (The more, the better, but at least 30 minutes nearly every day.) Does it have to be 30 minutes straight? (No, shorter bouts are fine.)
Do I need to go to the gym? (No, walking, dancing, lawn mowing, and gardening are fine, if they’re intense enough.) Still, in a world where infomercials, magazines, videos, and friends may give conflicting advice, misunderstanding abounds. Let’s clear up some common exercise myths.