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The impact of Fitspiration: Positives and Negatives

The impact of Fitspiration: Positives and Negatives

Is fitspiration on social media helping us or hurting us? The answer to this is not very clear. All of us will have different opinions, and everyone has the right to disagree with others. I hope we all have this tolerance, though. πŸ˜› So, let’s explore some positives and negatives about fitspiration on social media.Β 

Social media is a platform or a technology that helps us sharing ideas, thoughts, information through the virtual network. And, it also helps us stay connected. And, this platform has also allowed many people to grow their communities in various fields of interest. 

Yes, we are talking about the influencers. And particularly about the fitness/ health influencers. Or, simply the health and fitness pages. Most of us have at least one person who’s an inspiration for us and, we get influenced by their thoughts or ideas. Or at least they create some impact on our decision-making. And that’s why we call them influencers.:D  

The impact of Fitspiration: Positives and Negatives

 You can find plenty of images on the social media accounts of people working out in the gym, wearing new gym clothes, drinking protein shakes, sharing their accomplishments or, eating in fancy restaurants that offer healthy food. These posts might inspire some to start their fitness journey and, they will feel motivated. But, these posts can make other people feel bad about their bodies. And for some viewing, these posts can have a negative impact. Especially, hitting the body image. 

So, what can we do? Can we stop someone from not sharing their fitness journeys or their workout images? 

The answer is No! We cannot stop anyone from doing anything. If someone loves sharing such posts, they have every right to do that. And, they should do that because they are indeed an inspiration for many.

But, we can decide what we want to see and what motivates us. We can train our minds to deal with such things. Social media has its advantages and disadvantages. 

The positive impact of Fitspiration:

The impact of Fitspiration: Positives and Negatives

  1. Motivation factor: No one can deny this fact when we spend most of our time on social media and, it impacts our decisions significantly. So, they can also help us get out of our comfy bed and clothes. And, this motivation to hit the gym or go for a small workout session is the strongest when you see your friend or family members doing it. If the weather out there is cold and you see people posting their images, you will also feel like stepping out. 
  2. Fitness challenges: Lockdown has sent all of us indoors and, social media helped us stay connected. Many different fitness challenges were happening on Instagram, Facebook, and other social media apps. And, people posted their videos too. These challenges helped us stay active. 
  3. Eating habits: This is probably one of the best impacts that social media has created. Our eating habits change a lot with the people we follow. And, we learn many different healthy recipes through these people. Some of them will introduce you to the restaurants and brands that offer healthy food. And, that’s great because one should keep a balance to stay healthy. 
  4. Increases fitness education: Not everyone has proper knowledge about food and nutrition. And, some people don’t bother about what they eat. But, some pages are providing information about the products and the food we eat. They are helping us to buy the best for us. And, we rely on the brands and products recommended by them. In a nutshell, these pages are helping us in making healthy choices. However, if the promotion is done only for profit then it can push you towards some unhealthy products. So, it is necessary to do some research yourselves before making any decision. 
  5. Fitness groups: Not everyone can stay dedicated towards health and fitness for the long run. Some find it challenging to work out regularly or change eating habits. So, the fitness groups or communities on social media can help you stay on track. A running club, yoga classes, etc. can help you stay in touch with like-minded people and build healthy habits in the long run. 

Everything comes with its risks. So, social media is not something different. These motivating and encouraging posts might not look motivational to some. Let’s talk about the negatives of the Fitspiration on Social media.

The negative impact : 

  1. Fitness models: Not everything you see on social media is true. Yes, it is indeed a great platform to flaunt achievements. But, when it comes to actresses or some fitness models, it is not always true. Don’t forget the power of photoshop and brands. No, not all of them are photoshopped. Many worked hard for it. And we must appreciate their work. We only mean that “ Not everything you see is real. ” 
  2. Fitness is expensive: Again, not everyone can afford that expensive equipment, fitness clothes, or expensive protein powders. But, some of the influencers and pages will make you believe that you can’t achieve any of your fitness goals if you don’t include them in your life. Having the motivation to achieve your goals can help you reach your goals. Don’t get trapped in the expensive fitness world. Start with what you have. And, here’s a quick guide to help you : Diet plan.
  3. Alarming factor: Watching people performing tough exercises, or flaunting their six-pack abs might make some people believe that they are just not made for this. And, they may end up not trying anything. All this will happen because you saw something challenging there and thought you could never do that. 
  4. Wrong information: Information on social media can spread very fast and, especially if uploaded by some special personality. Over relying on social media can be dangerous. Some influencers on social media will never use the products, they are promoting. But, we will end up buying them because we trust them. The only person who’ll suffer here is the consumer.And, it is popularly known as Influencer marketing.
The impact of Fitspiration: Positives and Negatives

  1. Injuries: You will find people lifting heavyweights in their gym and flaunting the idea of ” No Pain, No Gain”. And, in few cases, people will have the desire to copy them. But, you will end up harming yourself when you do this without realizing your strength. And, you’ll end up spending months on the bed. It’s better to appreciate your efforts and improve gradually.Focus on your form.Fitness needs time and effort. Don’t pressurize your mind and body to do something it would regret later. 

Ask yourself, is the Fitspiration working for you?

You are important!

The impact of Fitspiration: Positives and Negatives

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  • Reply
    August 6, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Every person has a different body and the effects on them is also different. Influencers often showcase some things but as you said we need to implement it only when we see fit.

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    Alpana Deo
    August 7, 2021 at 8:33 am

    You are right. all have the right to post our fitness journey. It is up to us how we want to take it. How we perceive it, process it is completely our call.

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    August 7, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    True. That Not everything you see on social media is true. We’re all different and respond to different training and nutrition methods. Nice article and Love the title of the article too✌

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    August 7, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    I agree with you, not everything we see on social media is true. And we can post anything which we want. It depends on us what we have to follow by seeing the post on social media.

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    August 7, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    As we all know, not everything we see on social media is true. I really liked your insights in this issue.

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    August 7, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    We need to accept every body is not same and different things act differently on different people. Influencers these days are like spreading so much good words about fitness, but without letting us know which activity is for which body

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    August 7, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    The fitness movement or fad, does have its pros and cons. While it is good to be inspired and embark on our own fitness journey, it is important to understand ones’ own limitations.

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    Surbhi Prapanna
    August 7, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    yes agree social media has a strong impacts on our day to day life and we get influenced by many of influencers by seeing their amazing posts. but when it comes to health and fitness, it is always best to follow your doctor and fitness trainer’s advice. following random things from social media may cause more harm than good.

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    Jhilmil Bhansali
    August 8, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Everything on Social media is not real, not just fitness, but in every aspect we need to have a realistic approach, with goals, as per our lifestyle.

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    August 8, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Yes, agree social media comes with its pros and cons. Fitspiration sure inspires us to stay fit but we need to understand our body and our journey too. Staying fit is sure inspiring, but blindly following without consulting a health practitioner or fitness trainer is needed. nice post.

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    August 8, 2021 at 10:31 am

    This is a wonderful article on fitness . We should focus on the right path instead of running behind the fitness models and expensive equipments . Because everybody’s requirement is different.

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    August 8, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    I guess like anything else in life, everything falls back on each of our mindsets. The people around us can only do to a certain extent helping us improve our own, it still up to us on how we us it to improve ourselves. It takes discipline, hard work and belief to make things happen and for one to achieve a certain goal.

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    August 9, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Well said. It has its advantages and disadvantages may very dangerous for someone who can start with tough exercise and without knowing self body type and excercise..just need to keep our way open and take step wisely with expert advice.

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    Jhilmil D Saha
    August 9, 2021 at 3:49 am

    I had never given a thought about the negative sides of the Fitspiration, specially now that everything is virtual. It is better to keep it light when it comes to exercises as tough ones without a trainer can prove dangerous.

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    Yogita Joshi
    August 9, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Couldn’t agree more. It have advantages and disadvantages both. It depends on how, one perceive it. Its important to get inspired but we should make sure, that we are not over doing yourself.

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    MeenalSonal Mathur
    August 9, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Social media can either inspire us or demotivate and you rightly said that everything potrayed is not always true. And many hurt themselves following the routine without prior knowledge. Your post is perfect for all the people who look for fitnesss inspiration.

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    Richa Nimeshwari
    August 9, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Every person has a different kind of body and things work differently on him. This is such a great fitnspiration article πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    August 9, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Social media is impacting are lives more than we could have imagined and I feel that it depends on our mindset, how we absorb it. Like everything else, social media also has its two sides. Wonderful read.

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