Top trends in fitness lists, tips, and tricks

I am a list-maker at heart. I love making them and I enjoy checking things off. I also like reading lists, or listicles as they are sometimes called. It’s a handy thing to look at when you want some quick insights.

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I decided to amuse myself one evening and check out lists of health and fitness tips. I quickly found more than 30 different kinds of tips. In reviewing them all, I saw I could group them into five broad categories:

  1. Goals (setting goals, tracking goals, and evaluating goals)
  2. Motivation (positive self talk, asking for help, having a health and fitness buddy, rewards)
  3. Nutrition (what to eat, when to eat, what not to eat, how to eat, how to shop)
  4. Drink (how much water to drink, switching from coffee to tea, soda to sparkling water, reduced to no alcohol)
  5. Movement (when — every day!, outside, what kind — stretching, cardio, resistance, weights, yoga, rest/sleep/recovery).

If I tracked the frequency of certain suggestions, the number one types were:

  1. Setting goals
  2. Moving everyday
  3. Getting enough sleep
  4. Drinking water
  5. Eating good food
  6. Doing a variety of things
  7. Staying motivated

Curiously, the most varied content came in the form of food tips. These included

  • Eat good food every day
  • Make healthy choices
  • Eat your vegetables
  • Track your calories
  • Watch your portions
  • Buy from the perimeter of the store
  • Makes sure 80 percent of food choices are healthy
  • Quit coffee
  • Eat more protein
  • Eat green
  • Eat mindfully
  • Don’t diet

Now, this isn’t a scientific meta-analysis of trends in fitness tips but I did find it interesting, especially the vast array of guidance relating to nutrition and fitness. My top five favorites of all the tips were:

  1. Don’t diet.
  2. Move every day.
  3. Have fun.
  4. Get good sleep.
  5. Go outside

What would be in your top five?

MarthaFitat55 is w writer and listmaker who enjoys powerlifting, yoga, and swimming,

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