Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Health Misinformation 103

1. If you’re not sweating you are not doing enough.
a. Sweating is not a good indicator of exertion. Normally if you are working hard you are sweating; however, sweating is just your body’s reaction to attempt to cool off. Its possible to burn a sufficient amount of calories doing low level weight training without breaking a sweat.

2. Muscle weights more than fat.
a. A pound is a pound! Although these two compounds have different volumes in that fat does take up more space than muscle.

3. The more you exercise the more protein you need.
a. Actually protein is not the most efficient energy source for muscle function and is normally spared for tissue maintenance and repair. Carbohydrates are better used by the body as an energy source. A balanced diet is always recommended to reach and maintain your fitness goals.

There is a lot of misinformation out there in the world of health and wellness. During the past 3 weeks we have covered some of the important misconceptions. If you have any questions or concerns that we have not covered feel free to post a comment and I will try to answer your question in the upcoming weeks.

For more reliable health information, or to schedule a consultation for physical therapy, feel free to contact us at 518-690-4406 or visit our website at or email us at

William Milhizer, PT, DPT

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