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?