If you’re on Social Media – and if you’re reading my blog, I’m willing to bet that you are – and I’m sure your feeds have been taken over by fitness updates. Updating your social media accounts on what you’re doing isn’t new – but it seems like there’s been a surge of newfound fitness fanactics all over the Web lately.
And is that really a bad thing? This girl doesn’t think so!
(This photo made me giggle.)
I think it’s amazing! Sure, I can see how someone who’s not into fitness can think it’s annoying at f%ck. Just like how someone who hates seeing photos of food think that’s annoying, too. My advice? If you’re not into seeing fitness posts, unfollow those people. Just like if you don’t like seeing photos of food, why follow foodies? It makes no sense to me to follow some people only to complain about them. (Tip: On Facebook, if you don’t want to unfriend someone – like if they’re a family member – you can always “hide” their updates.)
Do you always have to post – every day – that you went to the gym to work out? Nope! But some do and I think it’s great that they do. I don’t do it because I don’t work out with my phone, sometimes mine runs out of battery or sometimes I just don’t feel like it.
I recently came across this Buzzfeed article, “19 Ways To Trick People Into Thinking You Work Out“, which I thought was HILARIOUS (because it’s so true!) but then the top comments were even more interesting because clearly, these people think it’s more annoying than anything.
This post is where I offer you some perspective, whether you think fitness updates are annoying or not. Since this blog is all about discovering new perspectives, please feel free to share yours in the comments!
Why I Find Them Motivational:
If you’re one of those people wondering why so many people on your Social Media feeds are “showing off” that they’re at the gym, consider my reasons for doing so.
- It motivates me to see other people updating their social media accounts on fitness.
- As silly as it sounds, seeing that So-and-so was at the gym at 6 a.m. while my ass was holding down the “snooze” button motivates the lazy right out of me.
- Sweaty, post work-out selfies? Yup, that motivates me, too.
- Not-so-sweaty, pre work-out selfies? Yup, that counts. (Also, it gives me ideas on cute gym outfits.)
- Of course, I’ve discovered a wide array of fitness fanatics with amazing results, especially on Instagram and it’s allowed me to join a fitness community, almost like I have thousands of workout buddies (because I don’t really like working out with people irl.) (If you’d like a post on my favourite motivational Instagram accounts, let me know in the comments. I’m happy to share!)
- It motivates me to see fitness updates on my social media feeds – it keeps my mind “in the game”.
- It motivates me when I post, too! I sometimes look at my Instagram when I need some motivation and I tend to look at my own photos – it’s like preserving motivation. “Damn, I was so motivated that day! Why aren’t I like that today? Wait a minute, I can be like that today!” (Honestly, sometimes this is what goes through my head.)
- When I post and I get encouraging comments telling me I motivate them… well, that’s amazing motivation for me!
- It allows me to connect with other people (both near and far) who are into fitness. I can’t tell you how happy I am that my core group of friends are all into fitness now. I get excited when we talk about our runs, our latest work outs and we share tips and protein shakes (No, really though.)
- It’s also helped me discover fitness brands that I otherwise would not have come across.
Whatif you suspect that some people are only posting about fitness to gain attention? Or to “show off”? Well … honestly, I don’t really care. If it makes that person feel better, then why should it bother me? I’m not the Fake Police.
So, where do you fit in? Do you think Fitness updates on Social Media are annoying or motivational? Do we share some of the same reasons? If you’ve got more to add, tell me in the comments!
Oh and my Instagram is @beautyandabite if you want to be workout buddies :)