Personal Trainer Angie Gallagher says there are five fitness myths that need to be dispelled.
#1 - Walking is the best form of exercise
"Walking is great," says Angie, "but the body adapts so quickly that this isn't the best way to make progress toward fitness goals." She says everyone should be doing strength training and interval training, too.
#2 - High impact exercise increases the risk of osteoarthritis
"The opposite is true!" Angie exclaims. In fact, some studies are showing an increase in cartilage thickness compared to people who don't do any high impact exercise.
#3 - A low-fat diet is best for weight loss
"The problem is low-fat diets are usually high in sugar and processed carbohydrates," Angie explains. "Plus - our bodies NEED fat to be healthy!" Try to consume healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds.
#4 - Eating a high protein diet is harmful
"Moderation is key," says Angie, "but lots of protein is only harmful for people with certain health conditions." Try to get it from plants and not just meat.
#5 - Drink eight glasses of water every day
"There isn't one number that fits everyone." Angie says water intake depends on a lot of different factors, like your age, weight, fitness level, the weather, what you've eaten that day and how active you've been.