Episode 18 – How to pick the best exercise trend or diet fad
New week, new trend and fad.
How do you know what’s the best exercise trend or diet fad for you?
With the overwhelming amount of information available on the internet, magazines, and even word of mouth, it can be pretty difficult to determine what exercise or diet program would be best for your health and fitness journey. In this article let’s discuss some tips to help clarify your decision for picking the best exercise trend or diet fad for you.
1. Ask Good Questions
If you don’t know, ask! (or, Google it!)
Find a friend or instructor that you trust and ask them about the exercise trend or diet fad. But, don’t stop there, get a range of opinions and viewpoints.
Another option would be to go online, check out some blogs and collate the information you obtain.
Some good questions include:
- What are the mechanics of this diet or exercise trend?
- What makes it superior to others?
- What kind of results should I expect and over how long?
- Is this relevant to your life AND, health and fitness goals?
- What’s the downside to this program?
2. Go for the free trial experience.
There’s no better way to find out if something is for you than trying it out. Different things work for different people and though opinions from trusted people and professionals do go a long way, giving it a try is a better gauge than chatting or reading about it.
Some guidelines on what to do:
- Inquire or approach the staff involved to set a schedule for a free trial
- Try out the program or diet for a few days
- Be open to whatever they introduce and make the most of your experience
- Immerse yourself in the experience
- Compare the experience to your expectations
Read on below for more tips on how to pick the best exercise trend or diet fad!
3. Is it sustainable?
Health and fitness is a lifestyle so there’s no point doing it for a few weeks. Once you find a suitable program, it’s time to consider whether you’ll be able to maintain it for the long term.
Things to consider:
- Does it have a recovery protocol in it?
- Is there is a progression in the program or will it push you to work 100% right from the beginning?
- Are the diet rules manageable for your current lifestyle?
- Where can you source the food?
- Is it affordable?
- Is it nutritionally balanced? That is, does it hit all the food groups and provide all the nutrients you need? Or it is missing a food group (or more)?
4. Make A Decision
You are now in the best position to make a decision for yourself. Make that choice! If you’re still having trouble determining if it’s right for you then chat to your personal trainer, dietitian, or even your doctor. These are the professionals who have your best interests at heart and they will help you find your way.
Pick a winner!
Once you feel confident that it aligns with your personal goals, go for it! If it’s not for you, repeat these steps until you find the best exercise trend or program that suits you. Simply continue asking good questions, immerse yourself in the free trial experience, and determine if it’s sustainable. Soon enough, you’ll find the right program for you. Pick a winner!
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Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness.
Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness. International Athlete, Elite Performance Manager for the Philippine Volcanoes rugby teams, qualified Dietitian / Nutritionist and qualified educator. Chris Everingham combines more than 10 years of experience and education together to deliver the best strategies to grow your mindset, rewire your habits and transform your life.