In the health and fitness industry there is so much information out there you really don’t know where to start. If you typed in “exercise and weight loss” in your search engine I am sure you would find a lot of websites! In fact I have just done it……over 95 million sites! That should keep you busy!
In these there is so much conflicting information. How do you choose one? Do you choose one that looks the easiest to do? One from a groovy looking website that looks credible? Who knows? Below are our tips on recognising a good quality read when we see one:
Has the person that wrote the article have any decent creditable credentials? Why does this matter? It matters quite a lot. Those with high qualifications are able to critically analyse information and will not simply read a title of an article and then read the results section straight away. They will dissect the study and truly find out the pros and cons of the study to see if it all adds up.
Research is never ending! Even when we sleep there will be studies going on around the world! We read information that is no longer than 5 years old so it is up to date and current. There are trainers out there still singing from the 1980’s books that fat is bad for you.
Too many trainers make up their own ideas on how things work. Personally this is why I think it is all so controversial. I think the term used is “broscience”! Get a confident person with some bad information and we have a problem. If you are going to right about something new and innovative – back it up with plenty of real evidence.
There are some great search engines out there that only publish quality. Pubmed and Cochrane will be a good place to start.
On our PT courses when our students qualify, we give them access to our database of information that involves a wide subject area to give you that edge above the rest.