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8 Common Exercise Myths (Slideshow)

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2. Stretching prevents injuries.

Time and again, studies have shown that stretching does not prevent injuries. Say what?! Well, the problem is that people often confuse stretching with more general warming up — something you should absolutely do before exercise, and, indeed, does prevent injuries. So forgo touching your toes, and do things like jumping jacks and jogging in place instead.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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3:01AM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

@ #6 Too much exercise
and putting strain on your body
can actually make you look older
as the strain will show up on your face.

This is especially so with Runners
who push themselves to the limit.

Everything within moderation makes you feel great
and is Healthy :)

2:55AM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

@ #3 ... Spot exercises have proven many a times of being Very Effective.
Whenever I start putting on an extra cm on my thighs,
I focus my exercise programme on that particular area
and it Works!
Boobs ... too small?
Do the "I must I must increase my Bust" exercise (I'm sure you know this)
I know it helps!
Calf muscles are too small or too big?
do the whipping exercise on your steps
whipping up and down every day ten times will tone your calf muscles
and make them appear slender and stronger.

There are many, many more Spot-exercises that really help
if done diligently :)

7:25AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:57AM PDT on May 19, 2013

good to know

3:36PM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

Great info!! Thank you...will keep some of these tips im mind 4 sure!

4:28AM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

Thank you for sharing :)

8:00AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

Interesting. Thanks.

7:41AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

Thank you, great info!

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