The fitness industry is the second biggest industry globally, so it doesn't take before scrolling through your feeds that you come across a fitness related post, whether that's specific fitness activities, achievements, product promotions,free workouts or fads our feeds are full of it !
Some of these posts are great. I follow quite a few, well known fitness gurus along with athletes and fitness related businesses, but there is a fine line between the useful and the useless information that is being portrayed online. It is so easy to be drawn into the negativity that this brings. Are the accounts your following promoting their own aesthetics, their washboard abs, or are they promoting a way of life through knowledge, lifestyle and nutrition. The images that are being seen can have such a negative affect with your body confidence. The majority of these pictures have been edited again and again and……. again.
How many shots does it take to get that perfect photo ?Bloody Loads!
Some of us though are far more affected by social media than others. I believe it really does depend on the person that you are. Are you easily influenced ? Are you focused, Are you driven, do you start questioning yourself or cold you really not care less….?
It’s no secret I am not a technical wizz kid, it took me a while to set up my instagram account and quite frankly i had no idea what all these hashtags were, what they did. I didn't really understand the whole concept of it. I now love it and it’s become a platform that i use daily.
The Good and the Bad….
- Social media is an endless stream of information.
Whether this is market research, marketing or networking. Joining groups and participating in chats is a great way to meet like minded people. Daily updates from influential people can really inspire you. It’s also a great way to see what the latest “news” is. When's the next bootcamp, where's the next local triathlon. These people, their information and experiences make you want to be your very best. To do your very best. They make you want to participate.
- It’s easy to get trapped in the sea of self criticism.
A recent study showed that the more exercise-related posts a person sees on social media, the more concerned they feel about their own weight, which could lead to an unhealthy body image. This association was even stronger among participants who saw exercise posts from friends who they considered to be similar to themselves.
- Comparison is the thief of joy. Recent studies on the use of social media show that 60% of people who use social media report feelings of jealousy and inadequacy, much of which stems from the habit of judging yourself harshly in comparison to others. You should learn and draw inspiration from the social media space without creating hierarchies in your mind that place you behind or ahead of someone else. Focus on YOUR journey and allow yourself to live all parts of it with the peace of knowing that your journey will progress in its own time.
- Social media links to tools and technology that make it easy to keep track of your health and fitness.
From MapMyRun to MyFitnessPal and countless other social applications, you can connect yourself one step further to those that do as you do — or not! Keep yourself quiet on these platforms and use them to keep track of your own progression. They can be really great for that. But if you engage on a social level, the inspiration is yours for the taking. Social features on fitness devices play three roles: They motivate people; the various interactions act as triggers for action; and sharing information and tips can increase ability.
- Social media gives a voice to anyone; be wary of misinformation.
Give someone a blog, and they’re suddenly a personal trainer, pumping out workouts that promise "shape-up" results or "burner" sensations in target muscle groups. In health forums where people can chat about medical issues, anyone can provide an answer that's "right" above all others. So be really careful about the information you absorb. Pick and choose your sources wisely.
Just remember Social media is loaded with images that aim to influence, from the vain-glorious selfies of beautiful men and women on Instagram to healthy living bloggers posting daily meal recaps, it’s easy to fall into a comparison trap.Unrealistic ideals and visual stereotypes exist. Remember your unique and completely your own person, which means that one person’s reality cannot and should not be your own. But imagery has the power to make us forget this, and that’s where social media can fail us. And yet, it can also educate us,my take home tips would be.
- Find inspirational posts and influencers to follow
- Connect with like minded individuals at all stages of your journey
- Take most advice with a pinch of salt, try it out for yourself.
- Don’t compare yourself to others
- Don’t forget that social media is someone else's highlight reel