If you are new to the fitness game you have no doubt done some research on the internet. Done a few Google searches, checked out YouTube and probably read some magazines to find out everything you need to know to get your fitness journey started.
Overwhelming isn’t it? it seems every website you read has different opinions, every Youtube video you watch seems to contradict the previous video and magazines, well…. their are as many different ways to get that beach body as there are magazines. Sometimes that can even derail your enthusiasm to hit the ground running.
First, let me make it very clear. Every resource you find has an agenda behind the information they provide. Blogs are merely the opinion of the blog writers posting about specific topics to a general audience. Even those who are are qualified and very experienced are writing articles which are not taking into account the capabilities or limitations of the individuals on the other end of the computer.
You tube can be a great resource for anyone looking to start a fitness lifestyle however, it can be very misleading as well. Many people are using Youtube as a source of income and are told to just keep cranking out videos of a topic they are familiar with and familiarity does not always mean knowledgeable. Any time people take to a media platform with the sole purpose of monetizing it, you have to be careful as the viewer that you are not following amateur advice that could potentially cause injury.
Even magazines, one of the oldest and trustworthy sources of information are in it to make a buck. For magazines, it’s all about selling ad space to it’s advertisers. The best way to entice their advertisers is to have readers and placing articles that promise quick results, or the easiest workouts ever attract readers – everyone is looking for the quick fix. Even their nutrition articles are usually based on the latest studies or reports about nutrition, and some of it can be just fads.
Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of qualified bloggers out there, just remember they know nothing about you or your capabilities. Youtube is full of knowledgeable and fitness minded experts that offer incredibly valuable information, just wade carefully in the sea of fitness videos and it’s not like magazines are offering up incorrect information, they just make it seem easier than it is in most cases. In fact one of my favourite magazines (besides our own) is Muscle Insider and their contributors, in my opinion are some of the most trustworthy in the business.
So what do you do? ask friends for referrals to trainers that you can meet with and talk to. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and be direct when inquiring about their qualifications and ask to speak to some of their current clients. There are some people who are trainers that just shouldn’t be.
Most importantly if you want to start your fitness journey, don’t let the vast amount of information overwhelm you. Get out there and start – start walking, starting running, start lifting weights. Just move. But always, consult a physician to ensure you are able to begin exercising.