Keeping on track with fitness goals through social media
Social media has taken our lives by storm. Everything we do, from our daily routines to places we visit we now share for the world to see. We are both creators and consumers of information. Sometimes this can be challenging to navigate through with all the information out there. This can be best seen when we look for something very specific, like our fitness goals.
Why creating information is making statements?
As we post texts or visual updates on our fitness routines and goals we are making statements on our own personality. This is mentally beneficial as we are beginning to state to others that we are going for a goal.
It is much easier to fall off our fitness track if we keep everything to ourselves, nobody will ever know we did not reach our targeted weight this month. But stating our goal on social media can make us accountable and make us really take our goal seriously.
How many times do we see people tagging themselves on Facebook at the gym? These people will eventually have to show some results. We are making statements about our goals through social media.
Why consuming information can be beneficial?
When it comes to reading and consuming information from social media on fitness, we can easily get off track. The thing with social media is that it has become an entertainment platform also; this is why we can spend hours and hours each day just trying to find some useful information on a YouTube fitness channel.
But if we learn to navigate through the vast amount of information out there we can find really good tips that will help with our goals. Whatever fitness issue you are facing right now in your life, there is a high probability someone else had that issue before. Why not learn from their experience? Why not look for people with similar goals and try to learn from their own approach. You need to have an open mind however; it can sometimes be very direct.
Take losing or gaining weight for example. Almost every fitness social media influencer is advising on counting calories. Yet, we see people constantly fail to do this while they try to find all types of excuses. There is little progress without knowing, mathematically, what goes into your body.
You can easily turn what seems a chore into something positive. Why not count all your calories and post the results on social media every night? “Today I ate X amount of food that accounted for 2.000 calories”. By doing this constantly you will become better at figuring the caloric intake you need.
Follow influencers but create your own plan
Let`s say for example that you are a vegan trying to get fit. You look for Instagram, Facebook and YouTube channels to find some advice on vegan fitness. You can find a lot of information on diet and exercise. Does this mean that this is your planned route? No necessarily.
Our bodies are different and we react differently to diets and exercise. Take the best advice from these channels and try them for yourself. You will see some work and some work less. Tailor your own diet and exercise routine based on what you`ve already learnt and tried.
Social media is for food
When it comes to on-point information and great visual stimulation, food recipes shine the most. There are no more excuses like “I don`t know what to cook”, “I`m out of ideas”, “Which foods are beneficial?”etc.
Social media is such a great tool to have when it comes to preparing your food that it can almost make everyone a cook. We now have all the visuals we need to understand how to make a certain recipe. Some people even post links to places where to find the ingredients. It has never been so easy to get quick access to amazing, healthy, recipes.
Learn to take and share real value
In today`s society we have less and less time to spend on ourselves. We have career pressures, family pressures and social pressures to deal with. The last thing we need is to constantly lose time on the internet trying to find some kind of useful information. Once we realize that time is essential, we will learn to take what we need from social media to reach our fitness goals.
One of the benefits of social media is that it can inspire people all around the world. Track your fitness journey. Share your struggles and post updates and little success stories. They will motivate others to reach their goals and this is the true benefit of social media. It`s not all about posting pictures of cats.
Become a social leader
Social media can sometimes push people to stay behind their computers and avoid actual human contact. Take this amazing opportunity to become a leader and meet with people who share common interests.
You can start a fitness group for your city or neighborhood. You can meet with people and exercise together. Don`t wait for opportunities to happen, create them. Focus on one social media platform and learn how to gather like-minded people with common fitness goals. If used the right way, social media can become a fuel to your fitness goals.
Writing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Dan is an entrepreneur, husband and ultramarathon distance runner. He spends most of his time on runnerclick.com, monicashealthmag.com, janeskitchenmiracles.com & nicershoes.com and he has been featured on runner blogs all over the world.