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:
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 ME – We 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?