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Is Instagram Making You Fitter?

Is instagram making you fitter? With the rise of fitness posts, is it encouraging you to exercise more or intimidating you to even get started on your fitness journey?

I have decided to write this article as I have been wondering it for a while now. It may sound a bit of a strange question, but is Instagram making you fitter?

Backstory On My Question

I go on Instagram every single day, and I’m sure I am not alone. It is so easy to use, I love seeing what everyone has posted, and I also like to explore photos from around the world.

As a person in the health and fitness industry, I come across a majority of before and after photos, photos of bums, gym selfies, and peoples meal preparation.

So many people are using Instagram as a platform to show off their progress and hopefully motivate others to push harder, live a healthier lifestyle, and be happy.

Since its launch in October 2010, Instagrams users have been on the rise. As of April 2017, there was a whopping 700 million users. It has become the place to go to follow friends, brands, and celebrities.

With the power and influence that Instagram has on the public, I am going to go back to my question – Is Instagram making you fitter?

Let Me Explain

Do you browse Instagram and when you see somebody take a gym selfie, do you feel inspired, pack your gym bag, and head to the gym yourself?

When you see a post of a girl showing off her bum, do you aspire to look like them?

When you see numerous posts of chicken and rice in a plastic container with #mealprep, do you feel as though you should be doing that too?

Everyone is inspired in different ways and for those of you who are visually motivated then Instagram works wonders. For others I wonder if it is actually intimidating you, and  making you feel overwhelmed before your fitness journey has even begun.

For Those Of You Who Post Your Progress

First of all I just want to say that if you are posting your progress then I admire you. We live in a world where our lives are extending yet our health is decreasing. If you are posting with the intention to feel good about your achievements and inspire others, then brilliant.

If you can help improve one persons health by giving them the knowledge, inspiration, and motivation to live a healthier life then this is amazing. Social media allows you to help people all around the world, and if you are putting captions to inspire people then that can only be a good thing. If you are offering people advice on how to do certain exercises or workouts then keep it going.

My question to you if you do post on Instagram is why do you personally do it?

What are your reasons? Or have you never really thought about it?

Finally do you find that you are getting fitter because you are posting on Instagram?

For those of you who follow people

Now I move on to the many who follow fitness people on Instagram. Do you find that it is helping you receive knowledge and motivation to improve your health?

Is the overpopulated world of ‘fitness models’ intimidating you and putting pressure on you?

Do you find that you are fitter because you are following these people and is it encouraging you to do more than you are currently doing?

What do you get out of it? How does it make you feel?

What I think about it

Personally my view on health and fitness posts is that it can only be a good thing. I started this blog to encourage people to live a healthier lifestyle and Instagram does the same too.

It has allowed me to view different training exercises and view healthy meals from around the world. The health and fitness community is growing and I love that. With the use of technology we can all share our views on exercise, healthy eating, and support each other.

Many people say that to picture where you are going, you should create a vision board. With the use of Instagram you can visualise your end goals. This can only be a motivating factor for you on your health and fitness journey.

On the negative side of things, there are people who promote the wrong way of living. There are people who photoshop their pics to enhance their image, and promote products that are not worth buying. Take a look through their page and only take advice from people who are qualified to supply you with their knowledge.

Who do you follow on Instagram?

Are you motivated to get fit because of them?

Comment below.

 

5 comments on “Is Instagram Making You Fitter?

  1. I don’t personally have an Instagram, but if I did I would probably follow a few people who inspired me to become fit and healthy, on the outside as well as on the inside.

  2. This is definitely interesting. I think IG has created a sort of accountability culture. But you can’t deny the pressure to be a certain kind of fit, you know?

  3. My fitness journey has not yet started yet, due to pregnancy. When I see posts like the ones you described, it does kind of intimidate me because I used to look like them. But at the same time I love reading their stories on how they got to where they are now. It’s a never ending battle! Great read.

  4. I definitely agree that being able to visualise your progress and ultimately putting yourself out there for other people to criticise will either motivate you to get fitter or give up. Personally when I see photos of someone with a nice body, I do aspire to be like them, but then it’s not big enough of a push for me to actively do something drastic about it. I think if I was to post the images myself, I would be more motivated to do it as I feel committed, even if it’s on social media.

  5. I think Instagram probably is making more people fit in one way or another. Whether we’re inspired or insecure, Instagram pushes all of us to want to look our very best.

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