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Fitness myths: Busted!

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MADISON (WKOW) -- You might be hitting the gym more this time of year to get your body "swimsuit ready," but before you do, you should know about some common fitness myths that may be preventing you from reaching your goal.

Myth #1: Crunches lead to that sought after six pack.
Not so much. Experts say crunches aren't the best way to keep your abs slim, because they only tone a small portion of your abs. You're better off doing planks or an exercise that engages your entire core.

Myth #2: Running is hard on your knees.
Maybe not. A Stanford University study found that the knees of older runners were no less healthy than those of people who didn't run. Experts recommend a total body workout, in addition to regular running though, so that you build up muscles to support your knees during your runs.

Myth #3: The more time in the gym, the better.
Experts say, no - you don't have to be a gym rat. It's not about the hours you clock at the gym. It's about the way to train. If you work out hard every single day, it prevents your muscles from rebounding and prevents you from improving. So scheduling a day of rest in between workouts is essential. And lastly, it's not about the length of the workout, but the intensity. Experts say shorter workouts are better if you keep the energy up.
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