navigating social media & fitness

I never thought I would be the type of person to get mad at something that someone posted on social media, but I did.  It wasn’t that I was irate and upset with this person for what they said, it was more that I was upset with their stupidity.  The post in question came as a response to something I posted on my instagram.  Now I know there are many things that could be far worse that a person could say, but it just hit me the wrong way.  I posted the below picture a couple of days ago:

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It was a seemingly normal picture where I recounted my tales and gym woes of running four miles and then biking for a bit.  And then someone who I don’t know and doesn’t follow me commented “not enough!”.  This just hit me the wrong way.  Who is to say that burning 416 calories in a workout is not enough.  Is he my coach?  No.  Is he me?  No.  Does he know what I did, what I’ve been through, what my goals are?  No.  If his comment had really perturbed me, I would have gone out and worked out more and achieved what I thought would be “enough”, but that’s not the point.  The point is that everyone’s fitness journey is individual.  I post the pictures I post to hold myself accountable and to motivate others.  I do workouts that I find challenging and others might not. I do it for me and to challenge myself.

Also, calorie burn is VERY unique to individuals and their body types.  For instance, a 100lb woman is not going to burn as many calories in an hour of working out at a 200 lb woman.  That’s why it is so important not to compare yourself to others.  Everyone gets where they want to go at different times in different ways.  Our bodies are all unique and what works for one person isn’t necessarily going to work for the next.  Just be aware when you’re on social media of this.  You can have all the envy in the world for some other girl’s abs, but those abs will never be your abs because you are you and she is she.  Try to be the best version of you.

Be mindful of what you are saying to others and the advice you give.  I find support rather than criticism (constructive or otherwise) works best on these platforms.  It takes a lot of guts to post some of this stuff out there for the world to see.  So be kind and be supportive.  It will get everyone a lot farther.

-sj

One thought on “navigating social media & fitness

  1. Excellent point. When you workout, you compete against yourself. You know your limits and what constitutes success. Different people are in different places. Good for you.

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