Physical therapists debunk 14 more myths about exercise and fitness

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Stacie Morris: “Working out tones your muscles.” [laughs] I can’t even say that with a straight face.

Wesley Wang: “The best way to burn fat is on an empty stomach.” Yeah, go ahead and crinkle that up and throw that one away as well.

Morris: “Running will destroy your knees.” Even though I hate running personally, it will not destroy your knees.

My name is Dr. Stacie Morris. I am the owner of The Physio Fix, which is in Phoenix, Arizona. I have been practicing physical therapy for six years now, and my specialty is working in sports, but specifically working with strength athletes and gymnasts.

Wang: Hi, my name is Dr. Wesley Wang. I am a physical therapist, and I have been practicing for about five and a half years now. I personally specialize in ACLs and working with high-school- and college-level athletes, and I work at Healthy Baller.

Morris: Today, we’re debunking fitness myths. “Your knees should never pass your toes when squatting.”

Wang: This is something that I maybe pushed a little bit early in my career, when I didn’t understand everything.

Morris: You should allow your body to move naturally, and if you limit that, you actually add more stress, as we’ve known through literature, to your hips and your low back. So to limit that movement is just absurd to me, and I feel like that myth needs to die now.

Wang: You think about the daily things that we do. Let’s take away strength training. Beyond that, you go down the stairs, your knees go past your toes. When you play your sport, do you ever think about your knees being past your toes? And the answer is 100% no. And, Stacie, for you, you were a gymnast. When you did your jumps and flips and landings, I can guarantee you were never like, “Oh, no, my knees cannot go past my toes.”

Morris: You’re absolutely correct. So now we see so many ankle limitations because of this movement pattern that people have been spreading a myth or trying to teach for the wrong reasons, without letting them just move like athletes. Let your body move natural, and usually it does what it needs to do to be most efficient at whatever movement that is.

Morris: “Soreness is a sign of a good workout.” Soreness is basically when you have an accumulation of lactate in your blood. It turns yourself into more of an acidic state, and that’s when you kind of feel that burn effect that people talk about.

Wang: Is soreness a factor of a workout? Yes, potentially. Our patients, our athletes, have had plenty of great workouts and not felt sore the next day. Right? It’s just the way the body is, and sometimes you just have a harder workout, a shorter workout. So those 15-, 20-minute workouts, those are the ones that typically I don’t personally feel too sore in, but if I get, like, a nice hour-and-15 workout where I’m just going …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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