Fit or Faux: 5 Fitness Websites We Trust
It can be difficult to know who to trust when it comes to fitness information. The fitness world is always changing, which makes finding reliable information somewhat overwhelming.
To save you the headache and help you avoid misinformation, we talked to our own personal fitness guru, Christie Coleman, Assistant director of Group Fitness, to find out the best sites to visit for credible and helpful fitness tips.
Looking for more of a fitness magazine? This is your best bet. Published 10 times per year, Idea Fitness Journal is packed with articles from accredited writers and even people with PhDs. The articles fall under topics such as personal training, nutrition, group exercise and overall well-being. Their website still has their older journals up, dating all the way back to June of 2004. Best part? It’s completely free.
This is your go-to spot for local fitness news. While many of the topics they write about are for general fitness, all posts are relevant to the Auburn area. This is unique because they have articles interviewing local gym owners about things happening in our area. They also do a Q&A type post where readers can ask a real doctor health and fitness related questions. One drawback to the Auburn Journal is that there is no set posting schedule, so you’ll have to periodically check back for new information.
This is about as official as fitness websites get. PubMed is home to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Think of it as more of a search engine, composed of 28 million accredited citations. There is also an option to check out trending articles if you’re completely overwhelmed by all the data on this website. While the government accredited aspect of the website is its greatest strength, it is also a major drawback. Most of the information you’ll find may come across too formal and hard to understand.
ACSM’s blog is a great middle ground of the previously listed sites. Being an organization composed over over 50,000 members, their website is packed with useful fitness information. On their website there is a search bar where you can use keywords to find information on what you are looking for. There is also a blog with posts written by top ACSM experts and fitness professionals that is updated several times per month.
The American Council on Exercise is a nonprofit fitness and health organization. After visiting their website, it is easy to see similarities to ASCM because they also have a blog and search capabilities. In addition to this, ACE fit is a great option if you’re looking for an exercise library, fitness calculators and healthy recipes.
Have a favorite site of your own? Let us know in the comments below or on social @AuburnCampusRec.
Be well, Auburn.
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