MYTH #1: I CAN TRAIN MY ABS EVERY DAY.
Somewhat true, somewhat false. Whenever you work any muscle, you subject it to microtrauma. Microtrauma is simply the tearing of the muscle fibers, which leads to inflammation and repair. This is a good thing!
MYTH #2: I CAN SPOT REDUCE MY WAIST.
False! Although it would be a highly sought-after skill, unfortunately, spot reduction is a myth. Our bodies are one complete system. We cannot target one area while ignoring the other areas — our bodies need a comprehensive approach including cardio, strength, and flexibility.
MYTH #3: ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN.
This is partially true! You can do all of the planks, taps, lifts, and crunches that you want; however, if you aren’t eating nutritionally dense foods, a layer of fat around your mid-section and may conceal those strong ab muscles underneath. Additionally, some foods may cause bloating (cruciferous vegetables, legumes, and dairy are common culprits), which can also make it more difficult to see the results of your hard work.
MYTH #4: EXERCISE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENT!
False! As children, we often rolled our eyes when an adult told us to stand up straight, but there was some truth to their prodding. Think about it: We devote approximately 30 minutes a day to working out, while we spend 12 hours sitting and/or standing. This lengthy time spent in these static positions is important.