As more and more people are getting very conscious about health and fitness (many call this age we’re living in, “the health revolution”), industries and companies are trying to keep up with this relatively new global and national fitness craze. You view commercials that would capitalize on their products being low fat or non-fat, or how their products are actually good for your health. There are also more and more exercise products and machines being marketed that claim to produce almost miraculous results.
The real question is, of course, are these health and fitness claims true?
Good thing there are online guides on fitness products, which help consumers find out the truth about commercially available brands and their claims. Didi you know, however, that until now scientists and fitness experts have had some variations in their studies regarding the benefits or disadvantages of consuming or using certain fitness supplements, eating certain foods, or doing some fitness exercise regimes (for example, some health experts claim that coffee is good for your health, others dispute this. Also, it is not clearly established as to just how much exercise should be done per day). What is important is that you become aware of the fundamental and universal fitness facts that have been established to be truly beneficial to a person’s health and fitness.
That being said, what are some of the best online guides you can check to get real reviews and feedback on fitness products? One of the first websites you could check would be Consumer Reports (at consumerreports.org), which states that they give unbiased and expert reviews from users. Some of the health-related information they give includes reviews on common natural medicines (such as green tea, ginseng, omega-3 fatty acids and coenzym Q-10), reviews on different exercise machines (such as Bell exercise machines and others, as well as guides on how to choose the one that is best for you), and some other tips, guidelines and product reviews on healthy living. To fully benefit from this website, however, you’d have to subscribe to it and pay either monthly ($4.95) or yearly ($19).
You could also try out websites of reputable health magazines and organizations, and view their advice on available fitness products and machines. One example of such a website is Women’s Health (at womenshealthmag.com) and Men’s Health (at menshealth.com), which offer very useful articles along with reviews on particular fitness products. Another website worth trying out is Web MD (at webmd.com).
Another avenue you’d likely find useful would be user’s blogs, which give impartial opinions on the fitness products that users have tried. Two of these are fitness-products-reviews.com and supplementalnews.org (for health supplements and meds). Also try out the directory listings of useful sites such as one at exercise.about.com.
Though there are many websites worth checking out, here’s one category that you would do best avoiding: these are the advertising websites, or those that were created for the express purpose of selling a particular fitness product that they are endorsing. Be critical and ask yourself, is this website loaded with too many promises for a particular product? Are the claims being made too spectacular and seemingly unrealistic? If you aren’t sure, then do some cross-referencing by looking for other websites that may contain other information about that particular product. Remember, smart research here is the key.
So hit the high road to health, and make sure you get some online help along the way! Good luck, and have fun!