If you go through Instagram currently you can find a multitude of diet, fitness quotes, workouts, wraps, pills and anything under the sun to improve your overall wellness. We all have those few friends who spread their health and wellness cheer all over Instagram maintaining us posted on their current snacks, latest gym outfits and commitment to becoming a better them.
If you are struggling with getting into a fit lifestyle, it can seem daunting if not impossible to determine somewhere to start, much less document on social media. At times, it can be overwhelming. Other times, you can find yourself being filled with motivation and inspiration to really get on that treadmill you’ve been avoiding for a few weeks.
Becoming dedicated to loving your body and loving fitness can be hard, even if it’s something like snack prepping that can be easy but time-consuming. I’m with you. There are days I barely can bring myself to take a selfie much less have an ultra hip photo diary of my gym workouts, but I decided to give it a try and was pleasantly surprised by the results.
I’m not world class athlete or personal trainer, and I don’t are now able to make working out seem sexy. What I do have is experience, time, love and an evolving education about my body that has been a never ending cycle of trial and error. It’s been a long road that I’m sure many of us can attest to when you’re trying to figure out how to love your body and what combination of food and exercise can benefit it.
When I first started to create a fitness Instagram separate from my personal one, I thought, “No one cares. Your friends don’t want to see you all sweaty and struggling in the gym, but well I’m not going to do it for them, I’m doing it for me. If people follow me, great. If not then it can simply be for me to look at, document and keep myself motivated by watching a steady progression of my goals.”
Here’s why having a fitgram can keep you empowered and motivated toward your overall fitness goals.
1. You are making your own timeline of progression.
I truly believe there is no better gratification than knowing you’ve made actual leaps and bounds with your health, especially if you’ve been working at it for a while. Whether you did an additional five minutes on the elliptical or increased the weight you used for your squattings, knowing how far you have come can serve as areminder that your staman and strength is growing. Perhaps you weren’t able to do five lunges when you first came to thegym, but now you’re doing 50, or you were scared to try weight training, and now you can hang with the best of them. Having your own fitgram can provide its own sense of pride in watching where you came from, where you are currently and where you want to go.
2. It can jog your memory.
As you go through different pics and videos from your various workouts, it can help you recollect what you liked, detested and loved from that fitness experience. Personally, I’m the “try anything once” type of dame in the gym, so whether it’s boxing, cycling, weight training or TRX, I like to experiment and insure what challenged me and what wasn’t working.
There are days I walk into the gym and genuinely don’t know if I want to hit weights or climb on the stair master, and looking back at my fitgram can help me decide if I have no set plan in intellect. I can create my own workout looking back at different exerts that worked for me or even decide to challenge myself by going back to a machine, instructor or exercise that I didn’t subdue as I’d hoped.
No one can tell you what works for you physically and mentally, so this visual reminder will help chose where to take your next step.
3. Ditching the scale never felt so good.
We all have a love-hate relationship with the scale and it truly can set you up for failure if you mentally aren’t prepared for what may appear on the screen. The scale sucks, and it’s like an SO that you can adore one moment and want to toss out the window the next minute.
Having a photo diary of your progression, even if it’s simply twice a week, is the only reminder you need about where you’re at with your body. You can be the magistrate of what body parts you want to train, whether it’s getting a rounder butt or more defined arms from a image. Having a fitgram gives you a sense of empowerment and motivation. Unlike the scale, which can be fickle depending on so many factors, images are not. After about four weeks, you can visually insure where you have improved in your fitness, and it doesn’t have to be this scary or intimidating moment of dread.
Be empowered. Be bold. The good about Instagram is that it can be private or public if you choose to share it with people. If you merely want five friends to find what you are wanting to accomplish, that’s OK. You can even add and follow other fitgrams of everyday people just like you trying to motivate and keep themselves inspired without feeling like they have to live up to any expectations or scrutiny from people who are only going to magistrate them. We all start somewhere and your fitness journey doesn’t have to be a scary one.