HI Standards

Healthful Insighters are encouraged to follow a few guidelines when encountering new information about fitness & health or when reconsidering old.   Consider these standards when analyzing methods, approaches and ideas.   You may have to dig further to support any scientific data, but Common Sense and Critical Thinking are really what’s key when trying to determine what actually works, and what is going to work for you.

Use these same standards even when reading the posts in this blog.  Don’t ever take information at face value just because someone said so, or because the person who said so has apparently achieved what it is you’re after.  Just because it worked for them, it doesn’t mean it will work for you.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and be sure to ask yourself the following:

  1. Does it sound realistic?
    • Yes:  These claims get the nod because they are actually possible.  Eating better and daily exercise?  and it will improve your fitness & health.
    • No:  Sensationalism and make-believe.  Working out just a few minutes per day, a few hours a month, or swallowing some pills will not substantially improve your fitness & health .
  2. Does it sound practical?
    • Yes:  A tactic you can approach without going crazy or making unreasonable sacrifices, and that allows you to still enjoy life.
    • No:  To integrate this you have to radically change your lifestyle as you know it.  You may get results, but you will be miserable.
  3. Does it sound simple?
    • Yes:  Fitness & health is not rocket science.  It should be something you can grasp, learn and understand.
    • No:  If it’s too complicated, it’s not worth your time, and it’s quite possible you’re a target of trickery.
  4. Does it sound too easy?
    • Yes: If it were that easy, wouldn’t everyone do it and be exactly where they want to be?  The reality is, fitness & health takes work, but it can be enjoyable work.
    • No: Good. When it sounds too good to be true, it’s likely to good to be true, and  likely a gimmick to get you to buy into a product or service.
  5. Does it sound sustainable?
    • Yes:  This is something you can see yourself doing for years to come, and easily integrate into your lifestyle.
    • No:   You’re only willing to try it because you’ve been promised it will work, but getting you to do it will be like trying to get a cat to take a bath.  You want to quit before you started.
  6. Does is sound like fun?
    • Yes It jives with you.  It sounds like something you will enjoy and look forward to.
    • No:  You would rather watch re-runs of your grandma’s home-videos of her vacation to Delaware.  You only want to partake because you feel you have to.

Still unsure?  Need advice?  Ask me!

Good luck out there!

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