The Problem With Information Sources and How To Fix It

Most of what you read or see about fitness and health is bullshit.

The messages that reach you on a daily basis are largely marketing and hype. You know this. But still, it’s difficult to turn a blind eye or ear to it. They psychologically push all the right buttons. They say “unbelievable abs in 10 mins a day” or “7 day  juice fast to health”. It’s too good to be true, but you still want it to be.

Moreover, it’s the most accessible information. It takes too much time to research and dig up stuff on your own. You’d rather be spoon fed even if it comes in the form of advertising. Nothing to be ashamed of, it’s human nature. We all feel this way.

The Underlying Problem

These two factors leave you with a problem though. You’ll rarely find quality sources of information. In turn, you’ll never get the knowledge you need to  improve your fitness and health. You’ll hop from diet to diet or between exercise regimens hoping to find that one product that works.

How Often Do Health and Fitness Principles Change?

If we are being realistic, it’s not that frequent. Sound nutrition and fitness principles have remained fairly fixed for some time. I’m not saying we don’t learn new things on a regular basis and I know there is always debate on certain nutrition details or exercise specifics. But rarely do we see drastic changes in the core principles. The information that is most important to you and will determine your success or failure.

Information Sources Debunked

Now think about where you get your information from. For most people I speak too, it’s the newspaper, television, or a magazine. Mediums that are released daily, weekly or monthly. How much do you think changes in those times frames?

If you start to pay attention, you’ll see that much of this information is just rehashed. Throw a new headline on it, put up some fresh photos and spin the content a bit. These mediums are motivated by readership and viewership. That’s what pays the bills. Even if they value quality information, if there is nothing new to put out there, they still have to hit there deadlines.

If I were to start a wellness magazine, my monthly headline would read something like this “Nothing Much Changed This Month, Continue Following Sound Nutritional Principles”. That wouldn’t sell though. Who would read it? But still, it’s the truth.

 3 Questions To Easily Identify Exceptional Sources

When I’m examining a source I ask the following questions.

  1. What is their goal?   Ideally, you want the source’s goals to align with yours. If you want to get healthier,  there primary goal  should be “Help others get healthy”. Newspapers, magazines, television, etc often times have motives outside of this.
  2. What do they do for a living?  Who’s delivering the information? Are they a journalist, tv personality, personally trainer, nutritionist, or what? You want the source to have a background in health and nutrition.
  3. Are they passionate about the subject? You want someone who loves what they do. When an individual is passionate about a subject they will always bring the most quality information to you. They can’t help but do so because they care so much.

It’s sometimes difficult to find sources that fit all those criteria. Try to stay away from those that fit none and use your best judgement.

Do you have any suggestions? Did I miss anything? Let me know!

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