We’re in the midst of a dramatic shift in how people access information. There are now open-access peer-reviewed research journals that anyone can read, not just those who are able to afford to hefty subscription fee. Beyond this, the way we consume information is radically different than just a few years ago. Podcasts, blogs, and personalized news feeds have taken over. Conversations about health, human performance and wellness are no longer the exclusive domain of academics or professional experts. The evidence base for these topics is now open to the commons. Many of us are actively contributing.
As I’ve said before, we are the most knowledgeable expert of our own bodies, whether from a health or performance standpoint. Our individual stories and experiences can add just as much to scientific debate as the most carefully constructed randomized-controlled trial.
This is all a long way of saying that when it comes to learning about new research, data, experiences, or findings in health, performance, and wellness, I rely on a ton of different free online resources.
So, if you’re looking to laser in on the relevant stuff and block out the noise, here are a few things I use.
Feedly is my lifeline. It’s a personalized news feed that allows you to subscribe to only the blogs and news outlets you want. Even more, because these articles show up in a curated feed on the Feedly platform, you aren’t distracted by all the noise and advertisements involved with going to a regular website.
You can also break down your feed into different sub-categories based on your interests. Mine includes sections on topics like health and wellness, business and entrepreneurship, productivity, strength and conditioning, running and triathlon, nutrition, and writing.
A few of the feeds I follow:
- Seth Godin
- Shots – NPR Health News
- Well – NY Times blog
- Mark’s Daily Apple
- Ben Greenfield Fitness
- Rich Habits Institute
- Starting Strength
- Feel for the Water
The other easy way to learn is through podcasts. It’s a free education. Anytime I’m walking somewhere, driving, on the bike trainer, or doing things around the house, I almost always have a podcast going. A few that I highly recommend are:
- The Tim Ferriss Show
- Endurance Planet
- TED Radio Hour
- Entrepreneur on Fire
- Ben Greenfield Fitness
- Rich Roll Podcast
I know there are a ton of other resources out there, both audio and written. I’m always on the hunt for opportunities to learn something new or listen to a different perspective. If you have suggestions, leave them in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.