“I heard red wine is good. Should I drink that?”
“Which exercise should I do?”
“How can I lose these fat slabs on my thighs”?
“What should I do to increase my bench press?”
“Intervals or steady-state cardio?”
I can’t remember the last time I’ve gone a full day without being asked for a tip about training, weight loss, nutrition and the like.
Of course, I’m always more than happy to give my $.02 when it comes to all-things-fitness, but with the understanding that a simple “tip” isn’t likely to change your life in any meaningful way.
Tips are virtually meaningless unless given within the context of a system.
When one lacks even the most basic of systems (ex. Weight Watchers, Body for Life, etc), random application of even the very best tips can only create random results. Without a hint of organization, there’s no way to know which tip is actually working (or isn’t).
This doesn’t mean cookie cutter/one-size-fits-all solutions are the answer, but before a tip can have meaning, I need to understand the purpose and limitations of the system(s) you’re already using.
Any blindfolded kid can hit a piñata if he swings long enough, but it’s so much easier to achieve your fitness goals when you can see the target and make appropriate adjustments.
Here’s my tip for the day: Use/find/develop a system – ANY system. If it works, keep using it. If it doesn’t work, you can either modify it until it does or try a different system.
(and always tip breakfast waitresses a little extra, too)