This is the second part of our two-part series on Best Practices on Internet Fitness and Health Advice. In our first part, we examined the history of where individuals receive their advice on the subject. While our parents may have received their advice orally or through printed articles, today’s Millennials are both taking advantage of and getting TAKEN advantage of through information they read on the Internet. We also presented how consideration should be given to the source of Internet solutions to guide your decisions on what to implement, what to ignore, and what to run away from as fast as you can.
In this article, we’ll present why your mindset is as important as your physical fitness and health. It’s clear that we have tremendous advantages over our ancestors when it comes to this aspect of our well-being. The Internet, with its vast amounts of information, is the catalyst for that advantage. It all comes down to separating the wheat from the chaff and avoiding frivolous advice. Sometimes, that involves reinventing the fitness and health solutions of the past.
So, we left off our discussion with Eric’s sister, the “As Seen on TV” junkie and aspiring hypochondriac. Most of the solutions to which she subscribed were to address the physical aspects of her fitness and health. Given her situation, perhaps Eric should sit her down and discuss her mental outlook when it comes to those matters. It’s likely that a change in that area would not only save her some money but improve her well-being, as well.
Remember Your Fitness and Health Mindset
Your physical well-being is important. But, don’t forget to keep your mind healthy as well. Having the right mindset is a crucial part of your fitness and health condition. That means having a mind that is regularly exercised and challenged. Here the Internet rises head and shoulders over our parent’s solutions.
Back in the day, our parents may have had a library card or subscribed to a service that delivered a publication every month. In that publication, there may have been puzzles, mazes, crosswords, word jumbles, etc. which served to stimulate their minds. Each publication had finite space in which to present those stimulations and affording multiple publications may have been difficult. Kids today are not faced with that dilemma.
There is literally a lifetime of information available on the Internet to anyone who seeks it and the amount of information relevant to any given subject (including ours) continues to grow every day. Pick a topic. Pick a format. Pick a time frame. Pick a difficulty. All they have to do is access a search engine and find that which they are looking for at that particular moment. There are both relevant free websites on our topic and relevant paid options available. Choose your poison.
What’s Old is New Again
Everyone probably has that friend or acquaintance who has rejected “modern” methods for fitness and health. They choose instead to look to the past for solutions. They most likely got that idea to use essential oils, acupuncture, Reiki massage, hypnotism, and a plethora of other things off their computer. Social media has replaced “direct knowledge” passed down from parent-to-child on things to do to promote fitness and health.
The reach of social media has led to an explosion in the use of “alternative” fitness and health practices. The effectiveness of those alternative methods is often tough to nail down with specifics. Attempts to study them very often leads to mixed results. It can’t be denied that the use of essential oils, acupuncture, Reiki massage, hypnotism, et al. has led to positive results for some people. For others, there was no appreciative improvement in their fitness or health. Most often the single largest deciding factor which seems to drive whether or not an individual receives a benefit from those methods is the BELIEF that they would do so. While some skeptics experienced improvements and became convinced of the efficacy in alternative methods, the vast majority were people who went into the study expecting it.
If you decide to avail yourself of some of these methods, it’s often best to ask about providers amongst your network of friends rather than seek out information online or from a phone book (if those even still exist). You will often find financial deals from your best friend’s mom rather than going to a brick-and-mortar business. The businesses have overhead for facilities, inventory, employees, etc. Your best friend’s mom isn’t burdened with those expenses and probably won’t charge you an arm and a leg for 2 ounces of eucalyptus oil. Plus, you might be offered a hot and chewy chocolate chip cookie, or two, or three, when you stop by to pick up your eucalyptus oil or for your massage (although a massage could be kind of awkward). But, who amongst us doesn’t love a good hot and chewy chocolate chip cookie?
This concludes our two-part series on Best Practices for Fitness and Health Advice. It’s clear that we’ve “come a long way baby” when it comes to fitness and health advice. Our parents, our parent’s parents, and our ancestors faced significantly more challenges when it came to accessing applicable information. Today’s Millennials have access to information at their fingertips through the Internet and its growing number of websites. But, the connectivity Millennials enjoy through social media networks may be having a detrimental effect on their overall fitness and health due to their susceptibility to unproven and faddish solutions. They are also turning to solutions from the past to improve their fitness and health. No matter where you fall in this discussion, the important thing is that you take action and do it today. If you do, you will enjoy its benefits for the rest of your life.