Fitness in the Information Age
So you’ve finally decided to be more active …but how? You hit Google for workout ideas, or Instagram fitness accounts, or the Pinterest fitness page…and suddenly you feel overwhelmed. Who knew there were so many options out there? With all of our endless resources as health and wellness consumers, not only do we ask the question “Where does it end?” but more importantly: “Where do we begin???”
Find a Reliable Source
There is little that is more satisfying than reaching your fitness goals, and it’s completely understandable to want to shout from the rooftops to all who can hear how you managed to do it. You are met with blogs or accounts of “I only worked out for 4 minutes a day and cut out all my ‘carbs’ and I lost 250 pounds” so on, and so on. Many folks who are not fitness professionals tend to push what worked for them on everyone else and while giving it a try usually won’t hurt (sometimes it might), it is probably not a good plan to personalize your fitness journey the same way they personalized theirs. Fitness professionals are available to take the guesswork out of your wellness journey. A good trainer or coach has about a thousand pathways to fitness up in that brain, and by asking questions and listening to your goals they can create a program or specific movements geared specifically toward helping YOU. Find a qualified trainer in your area, or look for blogs/websites from professionals.
Avoid the Fads
We’ve all tried at least a few fad diets in our adult lives, and even a few fad workouts (hello, Thigh Master), but the bottom line is that if these fad diets worked, they wouldn’t fizzle out. There is no magic pill, and no one absolute diet trick you can find to make weight loss easy. And if you do hear someone say that their way was easy and absolute, then you should run away from them, quickly. The bottom line with diets, be it Paleo or Weight Watchers or Atkins or whatever you’ve researched that jumps out at you and makes you think “I want to try that one!” – Is it sustainable? Diet is not a word for a 2 week cleanse or something you do for 2 months and then stop because it’s too hard. Diet is the word for how we eat. For life.
Ultimately, to be sure you are receiving the best information possible, find a qualified and educated trainer who you can see regularly. Be prepared to put in some time and work to accomplish your fitness goals.
See you on the workout floor!