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4 Fitness Myths You Probably Believe

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If you’re involved in fitness on even the most basic level, you’ve probably heard plenty of advice on how to properly get in your workout, and some of that advice really can help you get more from your workouts while staying motivated. Some advice, however, can actually hold you back from making the gains you want to see at the gym. Keep reading to learn four exercise myths to stop believing, so you can get more from every workout!

4. You Should Always Stretch Before a Run

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“Bend and hold” style stretching (called static stretching) before a run might feel great, but can actually prevent you from reaching new goals and setting new personal records. In fact, some studies even show that static stretching before any workout can reduce strength, performance and power throughout the rest of the workout. Instead, focus on getting in a proper warm-up or some dynamic stretching (hip swings, knee lifts, butt kicks, etc.) before you run or workout, and save the static stretching for afterward.

3. Keep Your Squats Parallel

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A common misconception that even many personal trainers still believe is that squatting below parallel is bad for your knees. In reality, the ligaments in your knees are actually designed to support you as you squat low, and are rendered all but useless when you hold that squat in parallel position. In other words, holding a parallel squat can actually be worse for your knees than a deep, low squat. Instead of stopping at parallel, dip lower, hold for a second or two, and then push back up. You’ll definitely feel (and see!) a big difference, and unless you have bad knees already, your knees will be just fine.

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