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Some Fitness Articles Do More Harm Than Good
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I often cringe when I read fitness articles. Although many articles have a little truth in them, since many writers are not in the fitness industry, some articles can mislead readers rather than help them.
Magazines like to use catchy phrases and flashy titles to grab consumer’s attention. Although most of us would realize titles like “10-minute abs” or “lose your belly in 3 weeks” is unrealistic, there are still many people who believe the nonsense. No wonder people lose hope so fast – almost every article in every magazine promises fast results with little effort.
Even as many controversial articles as I have read, none have been as disturbing as a recent article my mom passed along to me this past week. The opening statement printed in oversized text said “if you belong to a gym, it’s likely that most of what you are doing there is nearly useless – and might be ruining your chances of getting fit”. If that was the case, I’d pack up shop today.
The writer even attempted to blame health clubs for the obesity epidemic saying the problem with obesity followed the rise in health clubs. Did the writer ever think the rise in health clubs is due to America’s obesity problem – not a result of it? As my grandmother would say, “Brother!”
As health clubs strive to pick out the best equipment, hire the friendliest people and offer the most effective programs, it’s disheartening to think someone could actually believe the one place dedicated to fitness could “ruin your chance of getting fit”. This is a perfect example of how an article can do more harm than good.
Everyone has a tendency to point the finger and I even understand why people are intimidated by health clubs. Ironically, this particular writer actually blamed fitness equipment – complete with a list of “the 10 machines you must avoid”, many of which included machines available in most rehabilitation centers.
As if there were not enough things about joining a gym to fear, now you need to be afraid of gym equipment? It’s frightening to think of all the people who were on the verge of getting help and joining a gym who may never get the help they need because of this one ridiculous article.
Are gym goers really wasting their time? Can you really get abs in ten minutes? If it sounds ridiculous, it probably is. In my opinion, no one is really responsible for obesity but the individual who continues to eat too much. There is also no real trick to weight loss - living fit takes work.
Despite what an article may say – there are people, like my self, who dedicate our lives to helping people get results. Just be careful what you read because what you read may be fueled by increased magazine sales rather than a genuine desire to help people.