One Size Does Not Fit All

     Don't be fooled by what you see and hear from social media. In the world of health and fitness, much of the material is false and misleading information. With so many social media tools, it is hard to decipher what is true and what is false. It is great that people are out there publishing videos and challenges to get people moving, but what becomes dangerous about the material is when the person in the video or article says, "Everyone should stand like this” or “place your hands 'x' inches apart." That's where we, the viewer, have to step back, do some thinking, and ask who exactly is 'everyone' they are talking about? 


     Let me ask you this: if you were to switch cars with any one of your friends, do you think you'd be able to drive the car just by getting in and turning the key? Probably not because you'd have to adjust the seat, mirrors, steering wheel, etc. to suit your own driving needs.

     That’s where I disagree with much of the material on fitness you’ll find on social media. Exercise is NOT a one-size-fits-all experience, and everyone shouldn't be doing the exact same thing as everyone else. Don't get confused and think that I'm saying exercise is not for everyone. What I mean is that the way one person does an exercise, shouldn't justify the way everyone else should do it. We all have different structures (muscular and skeletal). You shouldn't have to jeopardize your safety and body to get the results you want by doing a trendy "high intensity, glute-chiseling, tummy toner 10 minute workout.” That’s not how it HAS to work.

     We are all different -- from the way we sit, stand, walk, sleep, breathe and eat. What social media puts out about the newest and quickest way to get results in less than 10 minutes shouldn't be the solution. Long lasting fitness and health is not achieved by a quick fix. It is a lifestyle that will be with you forever, and results come over time by working out hard, consistently, at your own specialized physical fitness level and structure capability.