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Health Tip: Don't Fall for Exercise Myths
Setting the record straight

By Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- Exercise is a great way to stay healthy and shed pounds. But don't believe everything you hear.

Here's the truth about working out, courtesy of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases:

  • Lifting weights won't make you gain pounds due to big bulky muscles. Strengthening exercises once or twice weekly won't "bulk you up." But they're a great way to build muscle mass and help you burn more fat.
  • You don't need a long workout to benefit from exercise. You can break exercise into sessions of about 10 minutes each, at least three times a day. Aim for at least 150 minutes per week of aerobic exercise, such as walking or biking. Perform muscle-strengthening exercise at least twice weekly.
  • You don't need to go to a gym to get fit. Find easy ways to work more activity into each day, such as by dancing with friends, gardening, walking to your bus stop or taking the stairs.

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