How to Choose the Right Health and Fitness Program

First things first, I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or personal trainer. I also do not have any licenses or certificates about health or wellness. I’m going to tell you how I decided on the health and fitness solution that I use.

You have a brain, please use it and consult your doctor before trying to sign up for something. (Also, you can’t sign up for my group because they only open registration at certain times.)

Know Yourself

I’m almost 40 years old and I like experimenting on myself. I know myself pretty well. I know what is going to resonate with me and not.

Yelling at me won’t work. It will make me mad.

Telling me, “Just one more!” and then making me do 3 will teach me not to trust you; instead of whatever cheesy lesson you think I’ll learn.

Making me track nutrition information is a lost cause when I have to travel for work. (Not to mention all the happy hours and dinners out I do with clients.)

Any group that feels like a cult.

Eating plans that make it impossible to go to someone’s house and eat without making them feel like unhealthy heathens. (Of course if you have an allergy or religious/moral objection to certain foods; speak up!)

What resonates with me is giving it to me straight. Explaining why something is beneficial and then giving me a way to practice it.

So you can throw out the bootcamps, Crossfit, F3, P90x, angry personal trainers, etc.

There is nothing wrong with any of those things, they do not work for ME. If they work for you great, KNOW YOURSELF.

Know what the Promised Results Are

I don’t care if a trainer or program has someone who ran a 2:10 marathon or lost 400 pounds on their roster. Great for that person.

My goal is to completely renovate my entire life when it comes to health and nutrition. If I wanted to lose weight, I could do that pretty easily. (I know myself well enough to know what makes me gain and lose weight.)

As you know I’m tired of losing weight. So paying someone to help me lose weight wouldn’t be the right result. I focused my effort on finding programs that focused on changing my habits around nutrition and exercise.

Don’t stop there, are the claims crazy? “Lose 100 pounds in 3 months!” “Three drops of this in your water will curb your appetite for 6 hours!”

The program I chose was honest that this would be a year long program that would help me create new fitness and nutrition habits. They told me upfront that this program works for people who actually do the program.

Even as the program was starting they let me know that I may not see results immediately.

Know what your Doctor Thinks

Go to your doctor and tell them what you are going to be doing. Be as specific as possible. If a program won’t tell you the types of exercises or nutrition changes they will be suggesting, use Google.

If you still can’t find anything, move on. The progam I’m using doesn’t ask me to do anything that I didn’t already know. (Less processed food, more exercise, etc.)

The secret sauce is how they package it to help you really change your habits. It is the thing I couldn’t do for myself. That’s the value for me.

I talked to my doctor and got the thumbs up.

That is how I chose my Health and Fitness Program

Very simple: Know Yourself, Know what the Promised Results Are, Know what the Doctor Thinks

Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash


  • Andy
    September 9, 2020 at 8:43 am

    I don’t really know what your plan is from reading this, but I understand the premise… know what will work for you, That being said, I will throw this back at you. For too many, men especially, if you’re not doing it with someone, you’re probably not going to stick with it. Having my group of F3 men is what keeps me consistent. There’s no yelling but I have never felt more encouraged to do more and work harder than with them. It’s all in the group you get, but the hard work don’t early in the morning binds us men together. We better ourselves for the rest of the day. Accelerating our fitness, improves our leadership at home and at work.

    The key is consistency and you’ve got to figure out what will make that happen for you, but men tend to not have the community that we really need. We don’t need to focus too much on the physical that we neglect relationships.

    • austinklee
      September 9, 2020 at 10:03 am

      I’m glad you found something that works really well for you! I have a great group of friends that supports me and challenges me even if we aren’t all doing the same workouts together, so I’m covered there as well. You hit the nail on the head: “The key is consistency and you’ve got to figure out what will make that happen for you…” Sounds like we both found it!


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