Warning: The Internet can be hazardous to your health.
You already know it: From dangerous exercises to misleading diet tips, the Internet is awash in bad information. And even when the information offered online is expert-approved and scientifically supported, it’s often mired in pop-up-laden pages, boring blogs, or testosterone-drenched videos. Need a quick answer to your question? Good luck.
But not all sites are junk. Here’s a handful that we turn to when we’re looking to go deep on topics like workout technique, exercise tips, sports nutrition, and health and wellness. These sites aren’t scientific journals, but they’re solid sources.
Yes, this is a commercial site that sells apparel, kettlebells, and even maces, but check out the company’s blog and you’ll find some trustworthy information. There are tips on how to execute semi-complicated moves (like a dumbbell clean and press), notes on nutrition (including advice on how to evaluate rice protein or pea protein), and articles on topics like jogging vs. sprinting—what’s best for gains? You’ll find a variety of writers on the site and just enough science to understand the subject at hand.
A subsection of the New York Times Well blog, Move is mostly populated with articles by reporter Gretchen Reynolds, the paper’s physical-education reporter and author of The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer. She and the other reporters who contribute to the blog know their stuff, and a quick search of the archives will likely turn up an article on a topic that you care about—like gut bacteria, the limits of human endurance, or why dog owners get more exercise.
When it comes to no-nonsense fitness instruction, ExRx is the perfect site. It’s easy to navigate, with exercises listed by anatomical body part (hamstrings! biceps!), and the page for each exercise notes other muscles used, includes an instructional video, and offers tips on how to make the workout easier or harder with some form of modification. The only drawback to the site? It’s searchable only through a Google interface that churns up a bunch of advertisements—you’ll have to scroll down to get the site information you need.
Admittedly overwhelming at first, this news aggregator surfaces headlines of every sort: “Preschool Fitness Can Affect Future Heart Health: and “Upbeat Music Can Sweeten Tough Exercise.” Not every article is hard-hitting, obviously, but the site provides a snapshot of the wide variety of research going on in fitness, nutrition, weight loss, and more. You can sign up for an RSS feed to get the headlines you want, or simply visit as you wish. It’s a great way to keep up on topics, like HIIT or bodybuilding, that interest you!