Are you receiving quality information?
In today’s world, making informed choices concerning health can be confusing, especially when the people we look to are giving conflicting information.
It shouldn’t be a problem to get informed, right? Especially with the invention of podcasts and search engines. However, there is a lot of contradictory information out there in relation to health and fitness, so here is a little guide to the information I regularly follow which is quite easy to digest and which will help clarify a few things.
Firstly, I always listen out for whether the views of the hosts and their guests are opinion-based or whether they are informing me with good, solid, evidence-based information.
Don’t get me wrong: there is a place for experience – but I check where their experience is coming from.
Sometimes, mainstream science may not keep up with the rapidly moving health and fitness industry. That said, the information should still make sense by sticking to basic principles.
Dr. Rangan Chatterjee’s podcast Feel Better, Live Moregives you a clear picture of the GP’s (General Practitioner’s) point of view on what is happening at the coal-face of health and on how functional medicine (finding the root cause of disease and implementing lifestyle prescriptions such as sleeping better, moving more, eating well, mindset etc.) is a method to move us further into the future regarding public health issues.
Other podcasts containing solid information that I regularly take note of are:
- Ben Coomber Radio– All things health and fitness.
- Rich Roll Podcast– Great interviews with a variety of health and fitness experts across the world.
- The Doctor’s Kitchen– All things nutritional.
- Movement Fix– All things movement and strength.
Now, this is where I believe things get confusing.
I think it’s important, when consuming the information from this medium, to question the reliability of the sources that people are getting their information from.
I don’t need to discredit any celebrities to tell you that they can change their minds from time to time to suit their interests (and I don’t mean when they have found a better a way to do things, which can be valid, as continuing education is vital for growth).
Not only that, but those celebrities might not be all that they seem in front of the camera. Do they adhere to their own advice? It can be hard to know.
Some of the people I seek information from for reliable information that is consistent and useful:
- Dr. Rangan Chatterjee – Twitter
- Ben Coomber – Instagram
- Dr. Kelly Starrett – Facebook
- Martine Kerr – Instagram
- Tom Morgan – Instagram
- Sarah Grace Polacco – Instagram
- Andy McKenzie – Instagram
Books (including audio)
This is where I choose to get my mindset food from. I drive for at least two hours each day, so I can consume a whole book within a week.
Behaviour change is the biggest hurdle when it comes to health and fitness – when it comes to anything, for that matter.
The best books I have read that are easy to digest and that have had a huge effect on my behaviour in relation to health and fitness are:
- The Chimp Paradox– Dr Steve Peters
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success– Carol Dweck
Both books are very empowering when it comes to health. Understanding your drives and limiting self-talk is something I still find hard to master today, and these books have helped to make me aware of these things and start to tackle them.
There is a book I read recently by Martin Johnson, called I am Human – 30 Mistakes to Success, which I found incredibly helpful. The tips within the book are practical and useful too.
I do my best to stay informed and make sure that the information fed to me is from good, solid, reliable resources.
I urge my clients to be super-critical in their thinking and seek an opposing argument to any advice they receive before they implement any changes to their health and fitness regime.