The internet being what it is can lead people to saying some rather bold things.
Some might not even be 100% accurate 🤯
That being said, we’d like to think that the majority of people are trying to be helpful however the might take looking past the endless ‘10% discount with code XXXX’.
In fitness everyone wants their slice of the pie.
Ironically though they end up doing the same things as everyone else and going for a very slim piece instead of actually trying to be an individual.
Despite all the memes about living your true life or becoming the best version of you, most follow the crowd.
Following the crowd can seem safe.
Safety in numbers and all that.
This however doesn’t give much room for reflection or growth though because let us say you read some of your older content and now know it’s complete horse shit.
What are you to do?
Have a follow up piece where you address past misconceptions and outdated information, or do nothing and not upset the apple cart.
Over the years I’ve personally done both.
In the salt decade or so it has been the former, however in much younger days the idea of being wrong or at least admitting it was a bitter pill to swallow however that attitude was grown out of.
One such topic that needed multiple revisions was nutrition.
As more knowledge as gained the simpler it became and despite the average person desperately hoping they had some sort of unique issue that was causing all their issues in truth it was just a lifestyle choice problem.
Talking about what you will do, want to do or could do is more than enough for most people to release a hit of dopamine so that they feel good.
^^ You know the chats you have while stuffing your face with delicious foods and alcohol and making all the bet promises of ‘starting tomorrow’, which for many never happens.
Taking control is hard for some people to do in their own life.
Same goes for info shared about fitness on the web.
It’s hard to admit that what might be shared could be missing some vital considerations and perhaps isn’t gospel.
This is where science/evidence comes in to play.
It backs up points, however it too can be abused and manipulated to suit a purpose/cause or prove a point.
Given this truth what is the average person to do in regards to knowing what is, what isn’t and what’s just complete turd?
Trial & error.
Yep, it sucks because there is rarely a definitive answer and you simply need to put time an effort in to things.
How much of each?
As much as you can spare and what you’ll find is that is just helps build a base, a foundation that everything else can be launched from.
You probably heard the old saying that ‘success leaves clues’.
^^ This is where listening to the anecdote of those who’ve achieved what you’re trying to is worth your time.
It doesn’t mean you need to apply it, however it can be useful to know provided you ask the right question.
Classically when you look at someone who is now the success you wish to be you end up asking what they re currently doing to be that successful and while it’s not a terrible question it’s the wrong one to be asking because you’re not in the same place they are.
The question you want to ask is this:
‘When you were in my position what did you do?’
^^ Ask for their original thoughts/avenues taken, problems, successes, sunken costs, wasted time and things they SHOULD have done yet didn’t because they felt at the time they knew better.
Much like looking at top level body builders.
People want to know their training and nutrition they do now, even though those asking the question are 110lbs newbies.
They’d do well to ask what said pro’s did when they were 110lbs and go from there – just to reiterate the point.
Anyway just a bit of a ramble today based on some reflective thought.