Dangerous Myths About the Gym

Here are three myths about the gym that are actually dangerous . . .

Myth #1: Working out is a great way to blow off some steam when you’re angry. A lot of people claim it works, but a recent study found it can also trigger a HEART attack.

Researchers found people were twice as likely to have a heart attack within an hour of being angry or upset, and the same was true for extreme workouts. But when people did BOTH, they were THREE times more likely to have a heart attack.


Myth #2: Rest days are for wimps. You’ve probably heard you’re not supposed to work out the same muscles two days in a row. But you also need at least one rest day a week to let your entire body recover.

Working out seven days a week ups your risk for tendonitis, pulled muscles, and chronic fatigue. And it can also damage your immune system, so you’re more likely to get sick.


Myth #3: Working out when you’re sick will help you get better faster. That one’s KIND of true, but only if it’s at the beginning of a cold. And only if it’s MODERATE exercise, like going for a walk.

If you work out too hard, you can end up making your symptoms WORSE. And if it’s a full-blown flu, you just need to rest. (Thrillist)