How many of you see all over social media, your inbox, and the internet articles and posts by people including trainers claiming that they have the “secret” to all your fitness needs? All you have to do is pay x number of dollars and they’ll share this magical, eye-opening, life-changing “secret” with you.
We have the “what.” The question that we really have is the “how?” How many calories should I eat, how often should I exercise, how can I improve my overall well-being? The answers to these questions also are not secrets. They are just a google search away.
So why do people still fall victim to these scams? More than likely it’s because they are looking for an immediate fix. These scammers will use words like “now,” “immediate,” “instant,” etc. It’s smart advertising because we live in a time period (thanks to technology) where we want instant gratification. Don’t know the answer to something? Look it up on your phone, google it, ask Siri, etc. We can obtain information immediately whereas before we had to put in some work. Go to the library, find an expert, research it. Now, the answer is just seconds away.
The issue is that fitness isn’t instant. You didn’t go to bed one night and wake up the next day 100 pounds heavier. It took many months, years, and creating/perfecting bad habits to get there. Getting in shape takes time, consistently making better choices, and replacing bad habits with good ones. There is no “secret” to fitness and well-being.
There are many paths to take in regards to diet and exercise. This can be daunting and overwhelming. In fact, if you were to search for “diets” and/or “exercises” you would quickly experience information overload.
Information Overload: abundance of information that prohibits decision making
Oftentimes a trial and error approach is necessary to determine the “how” of incorporating diet and exercise into your routine. Every person is different and bodies react differently to different diets and exercises. There is no overall solution, which is why there is so much information on diet and exercise. Personal trainers, coaches, nutritionists and other health professionals can help narrow down options for you, but ultimately, you are the one that will have to determine what works for you.
When starting your journey to fitness and well-being, keep a journal. Keep track of all the exercise programs and diets you try. Jot down what you like about each one and what ultimately didn’t work. Stick with them for a month and then reflect. Did you implement them effectively? Could you have done something better? What worked? What didn’t work? Do you want to continue? Why/Why not? This can help you avoid trying something again that didn’t work. Many times, diets and exercise programs are recycled and brought back with new names.