What People Think You Should Do Vs What You Should Actually Do

posted on January 10, 2020

What People Think You Should Do Vs What You Should Actually Do.

2020 is upon us and around every corner is another ‘get fit quick’ product promising to deliver you sUmMeR bOdY gOaLz within 2 weeks. There’s plenty of vulnerable people at this time of year looking to get fitter, and brands are looking to capitalise on that by promising a pot of gold at the end of their £39.99 product.

With a lot of confusing messages and myths still out there, I thought I’d put together this guide to help you navigate through some of the most common mistakes made at this time of year;

  1. Gym


What people think you should do:

  • – Join the gym on a January offer with the rest of the human population
  • – Proceed to go to the gym every day before or after work
  • – Workout so hard you’re sweating and aching  – otherwise, how will you see results?
  • – Invest in a testosterone filled personal trainer to shout flecks of saliva onto your face as you try to do one armed burpees….

What you should actually do:

  • – Fitness isn’t about spending hours in the gym… unless you really really want it to be. The most important thing is finding a way of moving your body that you enjoy – this could be putting on your fave podcast and going for a walk or trying a social sport like badminton. Consistency and sustainability are key and these are only going to manifest when you enjoy what you’re doing and it’s realistic for you. The NHS recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity per week. When you think about how that time could be split across your week doing things you love, it becomes far less daunting.

2. Diet: 

What people think you should do:

  • – Subsist on a diet of blended vegetables and cardboard and live in eternal sadness.

What you should actually do:

  • – Unless you’ve been specifically advised by a health care professional, then there is no need to completely cut out tasty food from your diet. Making drastic, unsustainable changes to your diet in a short space of time is neither necessary or fun, and is a great way to end up right back where you started. Start by making small changes to your existing diet; eat more veggies, drink more water and consider swapping some of the less nutrient-dense food for something with more nutrients. 

3. Products

What people think you should do:

  • – Invest in a juice detox which comes in a pretty pink box containing 30 sachets to take morning and evening. 

What you should actually do:

  • – Firstly, your body has an incredible built-in detoxification system being your liver and kidneys, so really, detox products are a complete waste of money. Unless you want to spend 2020 sat on the toilet (or potentially in hospital)… it’s probably best to give these a miss. You can read more about the issues of detox tea, here. Be wary of any influencer promoting these products and always do your own research.

What people think you should do:

  • – Invest in a waist trainer.

What you should actually do:

  • – Bare in mind, having a smaller waist doesn’t necessarily make you healthier, and definitely doesn’t make you more successful in this game called life. The idea that waist trainers push out fat or help develop muscles is simply not true. It’s tempting to spend your money on a product which makes these sorts of promises – what could be more attractive than a product which promises to give you what you want without you having to lift a finger? There is limited evidence to support waist trainers and they should not be recommended by fitness professionals as a safe or effective way to change body composition. Be wary of any influencer promoting these products and always do your own research.
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