The Truth About Fitness Fads and Exercise


The Truth About Fitness Fads and Exercise

Ever wonder if those late-night TV commercials and glossy magazine ads for fitness-related products really work? You're not alone. When being overweight or obese is at an all-time high and the amount of exercise people get is at an all-time low, savvy marketers have been capitalizing on the need to get in shape for decades.

There have been some classics over the years. Here's a few fitness fads you may remember:


– Hold a dumbbell-like weight in your hands and shake it back and forth. The promise: Weight loss and muscle toning.


Grip a padded spring between your legs and squeeze. Repeat. The promise: Tone and tighten your thighs, and eliminate cellulite.

Skechers Shape-Ups

Wear a pair of walking shoes with thick half-moon soles. The promise: Improve heel-toe striking efficiency to walk more and burn more calories.

Power Balance 

– Wear a bracelet and get in shape. The promise: improve balance, strength, and flexibility through special hologram frequencies.

Vibrating Platform

Change into your workout clothes. Step up on to a platform. Grab the rails and hang on, vibrating is about to begin. The promise: Lose weight and build muscle tone by subjecting yourself to jarring vibrations.

There are literally hundreds of fitness fads, gimmicks, and products like these. And while manufacturers may have had the best intentions in mind, most fail to help people get results.

Why? It's not the gimmick or device that holds the key to build muscle, lose weight or get in shape. It's your commitment to regular exercise. And it doesn't really matter what it is. Walking, jogging, weight lifting, swimming. Carve out 30 to 60 minutes for regular exercise every day and you can improve your health without wasting your money on the next fitness fad, diet, supplement or gimmicky device.

And one more thing. You can't out-exercise a bad diet. To reap the benefits of working out, you need to dial in your diet and eat healthy. And you'll find plenty of nutrition meals made from fresh ingredients at