When we’re new to fitness or wellness, the number of places claiming to have cutting-edge, credible fitness information defies belief. Magazines are full of the “best” way to work out, lift weights, or juggle foods to get the quickest results. Books by big names in the industry pepper shelves in bookstores. The Internet has a plethora of posts on every imaginable aspect of fitness. The challenge for us regular folks is, who/what should we believe, and what do we let go?
2 Places to Not Go for Credible Fitness Information
Folks You Don’t Know
Looks can be deceiving. That guy in the gym who has an awesome physique, or the woman who is killer lean, may be riding on great genetics. Their workouts may have little to nothing to do with how good they look or how lean they are. In fact, they may be the last people you should go to for exercise or workout info. What works for them may emphatically not work for you.
On the other hand, if you know them and their body types, and where they were (physically) when they started, they may be able to help you out to a certain extent. If they started out reasonably close to where you are and are willing to share their knowledge, their exercise programs may work for you.
Your best bet for getting accurate exercise, fitness, wellness, and workout info is from fitness pros. Talk to the folks who do fitness for a living. Chances are good you’ll get answers to your questions that directly apply to your needs. It may be well worth it to invest some time and money with, for example, a knowledgeable trainer. Learning the safest way at the beginning to get the results you want saves time, money, sweat, and tears that might have cropped up at a later date.
Any Old Publication
For many of us, the written word has a great deal of power. It’s almost a compulsion to believe something that has made it into print. Something in our psyche says, if it’s written down, it must be true. Um, not necessarily. A more realistic (or maybe we should say cynical) idea is, if it sells, publish it. This goes for books, magazines, newspapers, and Internet posts.
Again, fitness pros provide the best chance for separating fact from fiction. Research, experience, professional guidance, and goals combine to provide the clearest picture of what works best for you.
The Latin phrase, caveat emptor (buyer beware), applies here. Take EVERYTHING with a grain of salt (sometimes a block of salt is better). Do some research for yourself. Even the pros don’t know, for example, all the ways to cut unnecessary fat from an eating program. Also (and this is most important), make sure the info aligns with your goals. Keep in mind why you’re wanting to know about something. That will help you decide if ferreting out the real story is worth doing.