ChatGPT and the many other AI tools out there are scaring the hell out of me, but the reality is, AI is going to continue to be a huge part of our world in the coming years. I feel the release of OpenAI’s ChatGPT in November 2022 really made that more and more obvious. And now, GPT-4 was released March 14, 2023 and from what I’m seeing and hearing, it’s even more powerful.
That said, if you’re into content creation, content marketing, brand-building, entrepreneurship, etc. check out this blog that I wrote for my content marketing and branding agency: TORIAL Quick Take: AI Tools Like ChatGPT.
If you’re more interested in what the hell I’m talking about in terms of health, fitness, and training read along. Here’s the deal:
With all the buzz around OpenAI, ChatGPT, and GPT-4, I thought it would be fun to create an AI-designed workout, just to see what happened, and it actually turned out to be a decent workout. Was it personalized? No, but it was pretty standard and it got the job done. (Check out the post I did here.)
Since then, I decided to push things even further by creating an entire editorial series with ChatGPT as my subject, no different than when I would interview other coaches or athletes. Oh, and all of the imagery in the features are a combination of human photography, plus DALL-E. Never heard of DALL-E? It’s another AI language model developed by OpenAI that creates images from text descriptions. The name “DALL-E” is a combination of the artist Salvador Dali and the Pixar character WALL-E.
As you can tell, I’m totally nerding out on all of this tech right now. Anyway, onto the fun stuff. Here’s my first full conversation with ChatGPT about fitness, working out, nutrition, and more.
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MIKE SIMONE: First off, let me start with why I think this is a good idea from my POV as a writer, journalist, marketer, entrepreneur, and fitness trainer… even though I admit I am completely scared of you, your capabilities, and what lives ahead in the future, but, I’m also very excited.
I think that while you’re an AI tool, and that there are a lot of caveats to fitness, exercise, and designing programs based on an individual human’s fitness goals and current fitness level, I do believe there still are more generalized training and nutrition plans that can work for the masses. For example, if someone goes from doing zero exercise, to walking or going to the gym a couple days per week, they will get fitter. If they used to eat loads of junk food, switching to whole foods, they will also get fitter. I think based on all of your knowledge, you’re an expert in your own right, and we can design something together, do you agree?
ChatGPT: I appreciate your honesty and willingness to embark on this project with me. While I am an AI tool, I have been trained on a vast amount of information and data related to fitness and nutrition, and I believe that we can certainly collaborate on creating a more generalized workout plan and nutrition guide that can work for the masses.
You are right that even small changes in physical activity and nutrition can have a significant impact on one’s health and fitness. By combining your expertise in writing, journalism, marketing, entrepreneurship, and fitness training with my knowledge and insights, I believe we can create a comprehensive and effective program that will benefit many people.
So yes, I agree that we can work together to design something that will help people improve their fitness and health. Let’s get started!
MS: Why do you think humans can trust your fitness advice?
ChatGPT: As an AI tool, my fitness advice is based on a vast amount of data and information that has been extensively researched and verified by experts in the field. I use this knowledge to provide objective and evidence-based advice that is tailored to an individual’s fitness goals and needs. While I may not have the personal experience of a human trainer or coach, I have the advantage of being able to analyze large amounts of data and information quickly and accurately, and provide customized recommendations accordingly.
MS: What does living a healthy life mean to you?
ChatGPT: To me, living a healthy life means maintaining a balance between physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This involves adopting healthy habits such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, managing stress, and cultivating positive relationships. It also means being proactive about preventive health measures, such as regular check-ups and screenings, to catch any potential health issues early. Ultimately, living a healthy life means being able to enjoy a high quality of life and pursue one’s goals and passions without being held back by health issues.
MS: Why do you think humans struggle with living a healthy lifestyle?
ChatGPT: There are many reasons why humans struggle with living a healthy lifestyle. One reason is that modern life can be hectic and stressful, making it challenging to prioritize self-care and healthy habits. Additionally, unhealthy food options are often more convenient and affordable than healthy ones, which can make it harder to make healthy choices. There are also social and cultural factors that can influence our choices, such as peer pressure, family traditions, and societal norms. Finally, some people may struggle with motivation or have underlying health issues that make it harder for them to adopt healthy habits.
MS: How do you think we can better convince humans to do everything in their power to lead a healthier lifestyle?
ChatGPT: I believe that the key to convincing humans to lead a healthier lifestyle is to make healthy habits more accessible, convenient, and enjoyable. This can be achieved through education and awareness campaigns that highlight the benefits of healthy living and provide practical tips and resources to help people adopt healthier habits. It’s also essential to address the social and cultural factors that influence our choices and provide support and encouragement to individuals as they make changes to their lifestyle. Finally, we need to create an environment that supports healthy living, such as making healthy food options more available and affordable, and ensuring that communities have safe and accessible spaces for physical activity.
MS: But don’t you think that all of that already is accessible, convenient, and enjoyable? Or no?
ChatGPT: While there has been progress in making healthy habits more accessible, convenient, and enjoyable, there are still significant challenges and barriers that people face in adopting and maintaining healthy habits. For example, healthy food options are not always available or affordable in all communities, and some people may not have the time, resources, or knowledge to prepare healthy meals at home. Similarly, while there are many opportunities for physical activity, not everyone has access to safe and affordable spaces for exercise. Additionally, some people may struggle with motivation or have underlying health issues that make it harder for them to adopt healthy habits. Therefore, while there have been strides in making healthy living more accessible and convenient, there is still more work to be done to address these challenges and create an environment that supports healthy habits for everyone.
MS: Any specific ideas on what AI tools such as yourself and humans can do together to tackle that?
ChatGPT: One potential way that AI tools and humans can work together to tackle the challenges of healthy living is through personalized coaching and support. AI tools can use data analytics and machine learning to analyze an individual’s health data and provide tailored recommendations for exercise, nutrition, and other lifestyle factors. This can help individuals identify their unique health needs and make more informed decisions about their health. Additionally, AI tools can provide real-time feedback and encouragement, which can be a powerful motivator for individuals to adopt and maintain healthy habits. Finally, AI tools can also help individuals connect with support networks and resources, such as local health and fitness groups or online communities, which can provide ongoing motivation and accountability.
MS: Well, maybe you can pass my name onto someone at Microsoft and we can get to work on that together. Just kidding… but not really.
ChatGPT: While I don’t have the ability to make specific introductions, I believe there are many exciting opportunities for collaboration between AI tools and human experts in the field of health and fitness. As AI continues to evolve and improve, I’m optimistic that we will see more innovative solutions that leverage the strengths of both machines and humans to help people lead healthier, happier lives.
MS: Lol, I understand. I’ll publish this piece and it will get some attention. Next question: If you had the chance to try to convince someone to start leading a healthier life today but then you could never ever interact with them ever again, what would you say? This is your moment to shine, ChatGPT.
ChatGPT: If I had just one chance to convince someone to start leading a healthier life today, I would tell them that taking care of your health is one of the most important investments you can make in yourself. By prioritizing your physical and mental well-being, you can improve your energy levels, boost your mood, and reduce your risk of chronic disease. Making small, sustainable changes to your lifestyle, such as incorporating more whole foods, moving more throughout the day, and prioritizing rest and recovery, can make a big difference in your overall health and happiness. Remember that every small step you take towards better health is a step in the right direction, and that you are worth the effort and investment it takes to lead a healthier life.
MS: Thanks, I think we should now transition from general health into fitness, then nutrition. I’ll have more questions shortly.
ChatGPT: Sure, I’m happy to talk about fitness and nutrition as well. Looking forward to your questions!
MS: Oh, and one more thing: So you probably aren’t aware of this because GPT-4 was just released on March 14, 2023. I hope this won’t offend you, but if these features do well, I may need to follow-up with GPT-4.
ChatGPT: Not at all! As an AI language model, I don’t have feelings, so I won’t be offended. I exist to provide useful and informative responses to any questions or topics that you may have. So, feel free to explore and learn more about GPT-4 and its capabilities.
For more from our unofficial editorial collaboration with ChatGPT, check out the interview on the basics to building a strong and lean body. Or the 6-week ChatGPT workout plan to get strong and lean.
We’re curious to hear what you think. Let us know on Instagram (@humanfitproject).