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From Dan's Desk: "What is Right for You?"

Your friend does CrossFit, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for you. (Don’t drink the Kool-Aid!)

A coworker does intermittent fasting, but that doesn't mean it's right for you.

Your favorite social media influencer says “These 5 exercises” will make your back pain go away, but that doesn't mean it’s right for you.

The latest Netflix documentary talks about the latest (cherry-picked) research on why a certain nutritional lifestyle is superior to others, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for you.

Who do you listen to?

It’s easy to get sucked into the big marketing machine in the health and wellness industries, as well as the fitness world. We as coaches deal with the latest craze on what seems to be a weekly basis. In our gym, we encourage our members to ask us these questions because it shows that they care about what they’re doing or not doing and that they have an interest in trying to do everything they can to get to their desired goal.

Sometimes it takes looking at things closely to see if it's right for you. That's where a good coach comes in handy.

With nutrition and exercise, there are big rocks that cover many bases. There are big groups of foods that almost everyone should eat. We all need basic nutrients. How you get them can be individualized. There are exercises and movements that provide the most benefit and that everyone should be able to do. However, nutrition, like exercise, should be individualized. Like one of my mentors, legendary Netherlands track and field coach Henk Kraaijenhof, once told me: “Peanuts are one of nature’s perfect foods. It’s got carbs, protein, and healthy fats. They’re simple to eat and very cheap. However, to someone with a peanut allergy, that isn’t a perfect food for them, is it?”

We need to stop doing everything just because someone who we know or saw on social media had great success with it. And let’s be honest if you saw something on social media or on the magazine cover in the checkout line at the grocery store, it’s probably a façade anyway.

Yes, success can leave clues, but is "it" the right option for you at this point in your life? Maybe "it" would’ve worked for you 5 or 10 years ago. Or, maybe "it" can work for you, but you're not quite ready for it yet. Taking the easy route is seldom the best route over the long term. Invest in yourself with people who can guide you to where you want to go.

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