11 exercise myths busted kmanenti March 20, 2012 Is it best to stretch before a workout? Should you focus on cardio for the best calorie burning? We separate the myths from the facts… fitmyths1Exercise myth: to burn the most calories, focus on cardioThe reality: Both weight training and cardio burn calories, but lifting weights boosts your metabolism for up to 2 fitmyths2Exercise myth: crunches will give you the best absThe reality: 'The core includes the whole midsection - front, back and sides. fitmyths3Exercise myth: rest between setsThe reality: Stopping to rest for a minute or so after every exercise can sabotage results. From our partner fitmyths4Exercise myth: any time is a good time to exerciseThe reality: Finding time to exercise can be a challenge, so any time at the gym is admirable, says Fabio Comana, senior fitmyths5Exercise myth: practice high reps and low weight to burn more fatThe reality: The idea that you should use heavy weights to build muscle and light weights to lose fat is n fitmyths6Exercise myth: squats are best for toning glutesThe reality: Squats still rank as a good exercise for the glutes, but a recent study by the American Council on Exercise (A fitmyths7Exercise myth: the thigh machine is best for eliminating thigh fatThe reality: When you exercise, fat will be burned globally throughout your body, not just in the area in From our partner fitmyths8Exercise myth: always stretch before you work outThe reality: Contrary to popular belief, stretching is not a necessary part of a warm up, says Schoenfeld. fitmyths9Exercise myth: alternate between cardio and weight-lifting daysThe reality: The myth that you should take a day off between workouts is based on the idea that the body nee fitmyths10Exercise myth: do yoga and pilates for long, lean musclesThe reality: Unfortunately, the prospect of becoming longer and leaner by performing any type of exercise is just fitmyths11Exercise myth: sit on a fitness ball at work to strengthen your coreThe reality: Strengthening of any kind requires a gradual progression of increased challenge to the mus 1 / 11 Previous Next JOIN THE CONVERSATION FROM OUR NETWORK What's Popular 1Just all the best Twitter reactions to The Bachelor's most surprising elimination so far. 2The Twins recap The Bachelor: Well... let’s be real about what led to that random AF eviction. 3Just seven of the most absolutely terrifying ghost stories you'll ever read. 4Almost 45 years after she vanished, Colleen Adams' remains have finally been found. 5Where are they now? The kids of Lizzie McGuire. FROM OUR NETWORK Want more from mamamia?