Myth #11: Your planned exercise routine is the only way to improve your overall health
The little things matter when it comes to achieving your health potential. Low intensity exercises, such as walking or gardening, have been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. If you’re taking the time to choose wisely at the gym or in the pantry, make the effort to get it right the rest of the time. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or walk a brisk lap during your lunch break. These choices will help prevent hormonal imbalances, chronic disease and the weakening of muscles and bones as you age.
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Myth #12: You should look to mirror to find the results of your exercise.
The primary purpose of exercise is to create excellent health—not super-model material. Your genetics will play an important role in the results you see and feel. Active, slightly overweight people can be perfectly healthy, too.
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Your development of strength, fitness level and weight loss potential may be very different from that of other people you know. However, the common outcome is that everyone is healthier. Focus on excellent health and your body will respond to exercise in the most favorable way.