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Don't Buy the Hype

Happy New Year! We are bombarded with ads for every fitness product on the market. Here are a few tips to handle the madness:

1️⃣ Fear doesn’t get to decide, and fear doesn’t get to buy. 2️⃣ Gimmicks and false promises take your money, and make you feel worse in the end.


3️⃣ You don’t need supplements or the perfect clothes to succeed. 4️⃣ Decide to improve at least one aspect of your fitness this year that isn’t related to weight or body fat composition.

5️⃣ There is no quick fix that wont compromise your physical or mental health. Skip waist-trainers, starvation diets, meal plans by unqualified people, fat burners, obsessive exercise, and anything else unsafe. You are worth more! 6️⃣ Consistently doing the right things pays off... even if you aren’t perfect. Get a plan and keep working towards your goal. 🐢


7️⃣ You are not disqualified from great health or amazing fitness, even if you are injured or have a big mountain to climb. 8️⃣ Shame and fear are mean sales tactics. Don’t walk down that road. If someone needs to make you feel afraid or insecure to sell you something, they probably don’t have your best interest at heart.


9️⃣ Comparison makes everyone feel worse. Unfollow people/pages who don’t build you up, teach, or challenge you. 🔟 Use the motivation you feel from this season to start where you are, use what you have, and to decide to make the next right choice. Panicking and going overboard leaves you feeling too sore, frustrated, and even less motivated than before.


Start with something reasonable and challenge yourself to gradually get better! You can do hard things!

Loving you today!

About the Author

Dr. Monique Middlekauff is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She has been a certified personal trainer with the NSCA, ACSM, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) for over 10 years.

She is a certified Higher Education Teaching Specialist (HETs) and has instructed courses ranging from introductory to graduate level including Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Physiology Lab, Resistance Training, Fitness Foundations, Aging and Exercise, and Skeletal Mechanics.

She is a former NCAA DI volleyball athlete and loves to exercise outdoors. Monique is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and is an Exercise is Medicine Level 3 credentialed provider. Monique works for a major health system in Idaho.

Her goal is to pursue health and overall wellbeing through evidence-based practice. Physical wellness comes in many forms, and she seeks to celebrate where you are, and challenge you to be better!

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