Updated: Feb 21, 2019
In the fitness world you can find a lot of experts promising people that they can lose weight (sometimes very quickly), get a six pack or bigger muscles, or achieve whatever the desirable physical characteristic happens to be at any particular time, all through a magical formula or fashionable method.
Here in the occidental civilised world we have never had such a large fitness sector, as represented in the form of health & fitness media, gym franchises, a growing supplement industry and of course the personal training industry.
As a slightly strange parallel, however, we also have never had such a problem as we have today with obesity and unhealthy eating.
So, what can individuals do in such a paradoxical social context to make the right choices with regard to their own health and their physical development?
I would suggest that we first look to the the reports coming out of Australia (and particularly from the University of Canberra) as published recently by the BBC which look into this issue, and how people can successfully balance exercise and a rounded life to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
In the University of Canberra report, highlighted originally by the British Journal of Sport, researchers from the university analysed the data from 39 studies which examined the mental impact of structured physical exercise on the people who undertake it.