Diet and Fitness Challenges on Social Media – Good or Bad? Happy Bday!

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FIRST THINGS FIRST! HAPPY BDAY TO MY HUBBY’S BROTHER! He is such a great guy & we love being able to see him a lot since he lives not too far from us as long as traffic is not bad. 🙂 I LOVE that pic above with his daughter!

 

ON TO THE SUBJECT MATTER OF DIET & FITNESS CHALLENGES:

 

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http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/fake-weight-loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read this article to learn about fake weight loss pictures & then click on the BuzzFeed link to see how easy it is to fake a before & after photo. This is just one of the many ways to do it!

Did anyone happen to read this article from Greatist? It discusses the problems with the many many many fitness challenges on social media. I see a ton in blog posts but SOOOOOOOO many on Instagram too!

I am not really one to do “challenges” per se. I have my way of doing things that works for me. I may do a push-up challenge because I like them BUT I modify for me. I don’t do 1000 push-ups in a day or week or some crazy thing like I see out there which leads to injury. If I see a push-up I want to try, I try it. I don’t try things that I feel I might injure myself or just are not right for me.

In one sense, challenges are good because there a lot of people who need this type of motivation to get them moving. They like the structure & being told exactly what to so. They also share their experience on the challenge – food or exercise or both – so readers or followers can decide if it is right for them.

My question is – do they really like it OR are they just saying it. We know it is not all truth out there in social media land.

Many of the food challenges are drastic changes in the way a person eats so the before & after can be quite dramatic! Yes, very motivating BUT let’s see this person 6 months or a year later or 5 years later. Could they stick with it? Could they keep the weight off? Did the “diet” become too restrictive & they binged? Did they fall way backwards like many of The Biggest Loser contestants?

There is also the issue of comparing yourself to others on social media. For some it may be motivating. For others, it may make them feel like a failure or insecure if they can’t get to that after picture.

As it says in the article: “If you find that your social media feed is making you feel less confident, less stoked about your progress, or is provoking unhealthy behavior like deliberate calorie cutting or over exercising, it’s time to implement my #unfollowfriday campaign and get rid of those who aren’t lifting you up,” Hartwig says.

FROM MEWe all have to find what motivates us, what works for us & not anyone else but us. You can follow all the accounts out there and try stuff if you want to but ultimately it has to be RIGHT for you, not your neighbor or family member or that person at the gym or a trainer.

IT HAS TO WORK FOR YOU! IT HAS TO BE SOMETHING YOU CAN LIVE WITH FOR LIFE! Yes, you will modify & change it to meet changing demands & age thru life BUT at any point in time, YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO LIVE WITH IT, BE HAPPY WITH IT, NOT FEEL DEPRIVED ALL THE TIME OR STRESSED ABOUT IT. YOU HAVE TO FIND A BALANCE FOR YOU!!!

Feel free to chime in? Have you tried to drastic things & had to learn the hard way?

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  1. I think fitness challenges are fine if one is the type of person who thrives in a group with peer support. That is not me. However, I will say that I feel like the focus on “visual” (6-pk abs, etc etc) and the obsession to look a certain way to feel like “more” is unhealthy and misguided. Sadly that is exactly what is popular in social media.

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    1. Your words are so true Marcia!!!!!!

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  2. Much needed post, Jody. I like and have tried challenges that are realistic and won’t injure me. Those 500 squats a day type challenges are just not necessary and foolish. I know a girl who did one of these squat challenges. She had no desire to improve her fitness level, she just wanted a big derrière. Sure enough, she hurt her knee.

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    1. It is crazy Charlotte! I see these people doing 500-1000 squats or push-ups or some other thing a day – what is the purpose. Use your time wisely. It is just crazy! And the injuries for sure!!!

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  3. Some very wise advice, and timely. Social media is a highly visual medium. There is a total focus on looking good, however that is achieved. That is not about wellness, fitness or a healthy balance in life.

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