Yes, we're talking about sleep again. It's that important!
Are you one of those people who gets by just fine with five hours of sleep every night? Are you also one of the 90% of drivers who report being “better than average” drivers?
It's tempting to tell ourselves that our sleep habits are just fine the way they are (thank you very much!). Sleep is boring. We're not getting ahead on writing the Great American Novel while we're unconscious, nor can we make headway on our ingenious startup idea. Life is too darn exciting to spend our precious, finite hours snoozing! The FOMO is just too great!
Fitness advice is literally every where we turn! There are magazines, podcasts, blogs, TV shows, facebook pages, Instagram feeds, and tons of books all focusing on the topic of fitness and nutrition. Unfortunately, amongst all of this information, there is a plethora of crap. How do you know what is actually reliable, helpful, safe, and productive information? Let’s talk about it. I am going to share with you guys what unproductive and productive information looks like.
Lets first go over what does bad information look like. There are a ton of factors that go into what makes an article, a program, or a post beneficial, productive, or helpful. These are my qualifiers for what bad content looks like.
- Prioritizes extreme weight loss results over overall health
- Over emphasis of the mentality of “Go Hard or Go Home” or “No Pain, No Gain”
- States how to spot treat fat loss. (This is impossible)
- Puts very short time limits on goals
- Makes you feel inadequate, small, weak, or like you need to change who you are
- States that their way is the only way to lose weight, gain muscle, be attractive, etc.
Before writing this article, I went out and did a little recon to see what magazines had to say in terms of fitness advice. To be honest it has been a long time since I had even looked in the direction of a magazine because they often times spread messages I do not wish to support or promote. Largely, this misinformation and negative standards are geared towards women but are not limited to. These were amongst the titles and article I found:
I think my first exposure to infomercials was the Ronco Showtime Rotisserie. I can distinctly remember seeing it shown on TV where all you had to do was pop a full chicken in the cooker and in the blink of an eye (with a little TV magic) you had a sumptuous looking, golden brown chicken! All you had to do was, “set it, and forget it,” which was the tagline of the Showtime Rotisserie and a phrase that was frequently shouted out by the audience with vigor only matched by that of Price Is Right contestants. So what does good recovery protocol have to do with a mid-day, “who the hell buys this stuff?!” infomercial? The answer: set it, and forget it.
When it comes to recovery practices consistency is key. Whether it be trying to improve mobility, return from injury, improve energy levels, or eat more nutritiously, consistent practice is crucial to seeing progress. While the quick fix or magic pill may be the sexy and alluring option it will rarely be a lasting one. A good general rule is that the faster something is supposed to “fix” or “cure” a problem, the faster it will probably disappear too. Bodies take time to adjust and create a new “normal,” and therefore taking a long view approach to changing the body is best. Sustained effort and quality of practice, as well as a healthy and appropriate dose of quantity, are more productive focus when it comes to moving, sleeping, breathing, and overall recovering better.