If you're prone to endless Googling, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of information and advice on fitness. Profit motive drives the endless variation of devices (Bowflex, Thighmaster, Shake Weight) fitness fads (Zumba, Kettlebells, Ropes) and training regimens. You don't need a pile of a equipment or a gym membership to get fit. However, varying your activity can stave off boredom. Also, a lot of the new approaches to fitness are really fun. Anything beats 45 minutes on the treadmill watching Dwarf Hoaders, right?
Here are five resources to help on your fitness journey.
Like a cheat sheet plus infographics. Lots of solid, detailed information on diet and exercise. I can't say I agree with everything within, but as I'll write often: people like to argue about diet and exercise.
A collection of success stories, advice, diet and exercise information, especially geared towards people who are new to exercise. The overarching theme of Nerd Fitness is to "level up your life, every single day."
Kelly Starrett is my "dream coach," that is, if I could work with one person to maximize my athletic ability, it would be Kelly. His philosophy is that we should all have bodies which are functional—or even optimal. This means the ability to sit, stand, crawl, walk, jump, skip, climb, swim or do anything else our lives or interests require. Kelly's MobilityWod is a collection of videos showing his creative approach to a range of joint, movement and rehabilitation challenges.
Features a wide range of exercise options. Mixing up your routine is beneficial: it keeps your body guessing (and working harder), and also keeps you from getting bored. Most magazine advice these days is pretty good, but keep in mind there are only so many ways to do a bench press. If you subscribe to the print magazine for long enough, you'll see routines start to look the same.
Teaches advanced, challenging skills like handstands and slackline. Not for beginners.