The crime: Thinking you can spot-reduce body parts with specific exercises
Why it’s bad
“Women still secretly believe they can spot-reduce,” says Vanderburg. The downside is that it sets you up for fitness frustration and failure. This in turn can lead to negative self talk. Instead, focus on the health gains, such as overall weight reduction, or strengthening muscle.
It’s not as if you have to give up your 50-crunches-a-day habit. But give yourself a reality check, says Vanderburg, and accept that while those crunches will strengthen your abs, they won’t remove belly fat. Instead, work on creating an overall fitness program incorporating the holy trinity of fitness: cardiovascular work, strength training and flexibility.