5 Horrible Fitness Tips That Most People Believe

Some fitness tips can do more harm than good. Whatever your workout goals, be sure to avoid these five "helpful" tips.


We’ve all been given a friendly tip or two when it comes to working out. But some advice can do more harm than good. Whatever your fitness goals, be sure to skip these five “helpful” tips.

1. Never eat before working out

This can actually cause muscle loss, as it forces your body break down muscle in order to draw energy.

2. No pain, no gain

You don’t need to be hurting from a workout in order to gain health benefits. Working out should never be to the point of intolerable pain. And just the act of moving your body and raising your heart rate can improve your health.

3. You can stay in the “fat burning zone” with a long, low-intensity workout

Actually, researchers at the University of New South Wales, Australia found that interval training helped people slim down more than people who worked out at the same pace for twice as long.

4. If you use workout machines, you reduce your risk of injury

Most physical therapists agree that workout machines make you more prone to injury, as they don’t strengthen the core in the same way as free weights, hand weights, or elastic tubing.

5. Doing cardio before weights makes you weak

The truth is, it doesn’t matter what you do first. In fact, many people like to switch it up to avoid boredom.

Next time you’re given a workout tip, take it with a grain of salt. Instead, stick to the basics, talk to a personal trainer, and do what feels right for you.

Some fitness tips can do more harm than good. Whatever your workout goals, be sure to avoid these five "helpful" tips.