Friday, 2 March 2012

The Real Reason Behind Fitness Confusion

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Ever have that pivotal moment when you realize you have too many options? We all love our options. Having too many options however, can lead to paralysis by analysis. Fitness options are no exception. The media has done more than it's fair share to fuel the fitness fire. While it's great that the benefits of exercise are being preached, it causes a relatively high level of confusion. In a world where all exercise is supposed to be good for you; it can be extremely tough to narrow down your best options. This fitness confusion is partly responsible for the average joe's lack of progress in the gym.

The problem is that this media onslaught is primarily designed to sell fitness products or training systems. No one is genuinely selling an education on fitness. An education is by far the most important aspect in improving health. Maya Angelou once said, "When you know better you do better." Many, if not most, fitness companies push products of one variety or another without instilling the proper fitness fundamentals. How can someone learn to do better if they're chasing after too many loose ends? Chasing after loose ends ultimately means one thing: scattered efforts.

Scattered efforts happen when anyone decides to smash too many things into their training program. One fitness magazine may recommend crunches on an exercise ball; while another recommends no crunches at all. Both magazines may be promising readers the secret to a six-pack. What appears to be the same goal is now utterly confounded by two distinct methodologies. If an average joe reads both magazines he may arrive at the not-so-illogical conclusion that he should use both methods. Is this the best move possible? No. Does it happen a lot? Yes. Is there a potential way around this all too common scenario? Possibly.

If you're just starting a fitness program stick to the one program until you achieve some level of progress. There is no rule saying that you can't switch training programs after you've accomplished your initial goals. As you develop your fitness skills your needs in a program will invariably change. Once your needs in a program become more sophisticated it will be necessary to seek out further fountains of information. The plethora of fitness options will never go away and, by extension, the possibility for consumer confusion. Insure your fitness success by sticking to one thing at a time.

Andrew Vazquez holds a degree in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Nutrition. He is passionate about educating individuals about their health and wellness. Visit for more information regarding guided training programs. Questions can be sent to

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