Making Sense of Conflicting Fitness Information

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It seems like the world is filled with conflicting fitness information. One experts says eggs are good, another claims they are bad. One best selling book claims running will add years to your life while other claim it will shorten your life.

The confusion seems to be the normal state of our fitness culture, but this isn’t necessarily so. In fact, the seas of fitness research and information are a lot calmer than they often appear. The ever-changing and turbulent waves of fads and trends are only the most superficial layer of information we’re exposed to in the media. It’s easy to observe and it seems to be the most apparent at first glance. It’s also much more volatile and constantly changes.

However, just like the ocean, the surface is only a small percentage of the actual mass of water. Most of the information is runs much deeper than the waves. The evidence-based research is the like the much deeper ocean currents. It’s much more consistent and it doesn’t change very much. Trouble is, it’s so much deeper so it’s not the sort of thing you’re going to easily observe through flashy headlines and click-bait articles on the internet.

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The third and deepest level of fitness information is our understanding of the natural principles that govern the human body. These principles are like the bottom of the ocean, which is even harder to observe and are still shrouded in mystery.

The best place to find this information is in academic text books. I know they are not the most exciting reading, but they contain some of the most reliable information available regarding health and fitness. That’s also why I wrote Fitness Independence, which is a book about the natural principles of health and fitness. I wanted to pull those principles out of the university classroom and into mainstream reading. Sort of like diving deep into the ocean to bring back specimens for the public to view in an aquarium.

In conclusion, most of the information regarding health and fitness is like 99% of the water in the ocean. It’s consistent and reliable, but it’s easy to become distracted by the fast changing hype-driven media that’s fighting for your attention and is easier to observe.