Written collaboratively by Hope Kleine and Courtney Trapp.
Fitness advice can come from many sources, from magazines providing tips on how to slim down for summer to your next-door neighbor telling you how they lost 20 pounds in four weeks. With such a broad spectrum of advice, how do you know which will be the best advice to follow? Where can you turn to for educational, accurate, and helpful information on fitness?
Hearing advice from varying resources with varying advice is daunting. To be confident on what path is the best approach for you, the first step is to lean on credible resources.
Finding Credible Resources
Living a healthy lifestyle can look many different ways. If you are curious about a certain method of training or have a nutrition question, do your research before diving into a specific routine.
Talk to a Local Fitness Professional
Ask what their background and certifications are and what organizations the certifications were obtained from. Certifications from organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Council on Exercise (ACE) or a degree in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology or Exercise Kinesiology are good signs this individual has undergone educational training and they are fit to give great advice.
Googling questions can also be temping—the internet has everything! However, before jumping on any fitness bandwagon, review the source of the information.
- If you have landed upon a blog post, look for the author’s credentials and look for what sources are referenced within the post. If there are no credentials or references, proceed with caution.
- Here are a few online resources with exercise information you can rely on:
Receiving accurate advice from the right professionals can save you time from set-backs and misinformation. Always remember that physical activity needs to be part of a lifestyle routine, and you should not partake in a fitness routine that is not sustainable for you to continue over time.