Fitness Facts and Falsehoods

Test Your Thintelligence

Are you a Fitness Phenom or a Fledgling Fitness Fanatic? Take the test and see! Following is a list of fitness facts and falsehoods. Can you tell which statements are true and which ones are false? See below for answers.


  1. In addition to building strong bones, calcium also helps burn fat.


  1. Intense exercise increases the appetite while moderate exercise decreases the urge to eat.


  1. A basic principle of weight training is to work small muscle groups first, then move up to large muscle groups.


  1. Weight training burns calories during and after exercise.


  1. A common side effect of weight training is chubby calves.


  1. A diet including whole grain foods promotes fat storage that will make you look bloated.


  1. One benefit of Pilates is improved posture.


  1. To maintain weight loss, the USDA recommends 60 to 90 minutes of exercise daily.


The Answers


  1. True. Calcium fights fat. Diets high in calcium will trigger hormones that prevent fat storage and boost fat breakdown, while low dietary calcium promotes weight gain. Got milk?


  1. True. While moderate exercise will help to curb the appetite of normally inactive people, Canadian researchers have found that is not enough to get rid of fat. According to a study, people who exercise intensely lose a lot more fat than people who exercise moderately. So, turn on the burn!
  2. False. Small muscle exercises fatigue the target muscles rapidly, which limits their ability to contract during large muscle exercises. So, hit the bench presses and squats first before the knee extensions and biceps curls.


  1. True. University of Colorado scientists found that women burned an extra 325 calories per day when they weight trained, as opposed to running 20 to 30 minutes. So pack on the weights to watch your weight melt away!


  1. False.Don’t worry about gaining excess bulk from weight training. Muscle is denser than fat, which means it takes up less space per pound. As you gain muscle, you will lose flab on your waist, arms and all over your body.


  1. False. Whole grain foods are high in protein, vitamins and low in total fat. Eating more high grain foods will actually help you lose weight and it can help prevent degenerative diseases, too. Eating whole grains, fruits and vegetables is an important part of a weight control program.


  1. True. In addition to improved breathing, better coordination and a longer, leaner torso, Pilates will strengthen and lengthen muscles making for improved posture. So hit the Pilates studio regularly and you can skip trying to walk around the house balancing a book on your head.


  1. True. According to the USDA, Americans should exercise moderately to vigorously 60 minutes a day to prevent weight gain and 60 to 90 minutes a day to maintain weight loss.


How did you do?

Tally up the number of correct answers and see where you rank.

0-2 correct: Fledgling Fitness Fanatic

3-4 correct: Fat-Burning Fan

5-6 correct: Formidable Fitness Buff

7-8 correct: Fitness Phenom

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