I was enjoying my incline walk yesterday when someone got onto the treadmill. After a few minutes I saw her going sideways on the treadmill.
I asked myself, "does she know what she's doing that, or is she doing what everyone else is doing?"
See, in the fitness world, it's monkey see, monkey do. If it looks cool, or some fitness star on YouTube did it, or I saw it on my Facebook feed, it must be true.
I have been guilty of this myself.
I remember in my early years of fitness when I was learning everything I could. Those were the days when I absorbed every issue of Men's Fitness and Men's Health.
If I saw a new exercise in a magazine, I would immediately adopt it into my own routine despite the fact that I had no idea how to incorporate it, why to incorporate it, what effect it would have, what the proper progression was, and what benefit it would have on me.
It's not hard to influence the ignorant mind. That's what I was then. The ignorant mind.
I've written in previous e-mails that you don't want to be ignorant fool who believes something the first time he/she hears it. Don't believe intermittent fasting the first time you hear it. Don't change your diet based on one study. Don't read fitness magazines like gospel. Don't take YouTube stars like gospel. Be skeptical.
Don't do something because you saw someone else do it at the gym.
Be more strategic than that. Know what you're doing and why. That's self-awareness. If you don't know what the purpose of an exercise is, then what's the point of doing it?
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