I spoke to a family member this weekend and the conversation inspired this message today.
First let me establish a foundation to what I am going to share.
The amount of content being produced on a daily basis in the form of video, blogging and social media is in excess of any amount that was produced previous to that day. In other words we have an abundance of information coming at us everyday. We must filter it by choosing wisely who and what sources we are going to consume our content from.
People are very vulnerable when it comes to health and fitness. Everyone wants to feel good and look good. At the same time people want the easy path. This creates great opportunities for media outlets and influencers to give you information that is not 100% accurate. The deception really occurs in areas where part of what is shared may be true but not all of it.
Let me give you a scenario of how this works.
We follow someone we look up to on their Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Podcast or whatever social channel you use and that individual now has our ear. They post daily. They share their workout and diet tips with us for free.
How do we know if what they are saying is true or even accurate? We don’t. Unless you are an expert or have studies exercise science or nutrition you don’t know.
Often times we don’t fact check so we believe what they post. This happens in all forms of media outlets as well but I am writing specifically about the area of health and fitness. The worse part is we can get tricked into believing something because we look up to them and we want what they offer us – an easy solution to a healthy body.
If something sounds off chances are it is. Just because an “influencer” says it doesn’t make it truth. My advice would be to do the following:
- Fact check anything that you are actually considering to do or purchase for yourself.
- Choose people to follow who you trust and know that they are knowledgeable in this area.
- Limit the amount of media you consume. Too much is not good for your mind. Be very selective about who you follow or listen to and create a criteria that must be met for them to have your attention.
I know this is asking a lot but I am committed to helping you. I am a big believer in protecting my mind from information that is polluting it and this will help you do that. I don’t want you to be deceived or misled.
Bottom line is that exercise and healthy eating takes work and time. There is no quick fix or hack. You have to make healthy choices everyday. It is hard but it gets easier over time.
I want to help you. I believe that working out and eating healthy will make you a better version of yourself and am committed to giving you 100% accurate information as I see it.
If you are struggling on your fitness journey reach out to me. I would love to help you.