Saturday, 25 July 2015

Fitness - Who Do You Trust?

Now, this isn't a post I would normally write, but it's been on my mind for the last few days and I feel it really has to be said.

I have seen quite a few posts on both Instagram and also on Tumblr about fitness and it is clear that these people don't actually know what they are talking about, but others are paying attention to what they say, especially young girls. Fitness is something that should be taken seriously, as doing it wrong can result in injuring yourself and doing more harm than good. You should only take advice from either; someone you know and trust or, someone who is working in the fitness industry. Not someone who posts pretty pictures with captions saying how much they apparently know. It's just ridiculous! These people post images of themselves showing their bodies (no, I don't have a problem with this at all!) and then saying that 'body goals' shouldn't be what is on the outside, eg how you look. Kind of contradicting yourselves there! Also, comparing doing a work-out to seeing your friends/family or eating a meal in regards to time management. All are important but you still need to see people and more importantly, eat. If you miss a work-out for whatever reason it is not the end of the world, you just make time when you can and, if you don't want to, you don't have to prioritise fitness over anything, it is completely your own choice.

Another thing that is being said on these posts is that you can only have a happy and good life if you exercise. This could not be further from the truth. I mean, yes fitness is good for you and it can make you feel good about yourself, but it is not the 'key' to a happy life. That comes from a mixture of things, such as just being generally happy within yourself and fitness/exercise to everyone is not a fun or enjoyable thing to do and doesn't make everyone feel good.

These same people also promote certain 'wonder' products which are suppose to make you have the 'ideal' body and make you feel healthy. In reality, you don't need such things, as having a good and balanced diet can do this! These products that are meant to beat bloating, to be hones your are probably wasting your money! You could do ab work-outs and also change your diet such as cutting down on bread/pasta along with some vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage as the sugars and starches in them can cause gas and bloating. See, not extra products needed!

I know these people have a huge following on their chosen social media platform but after looking, a lot of them seem to be young girls. These girls are being roped into believing that what they are being shown in the posts are the correct things to do in  regards to fitness when it couldn't be further from the truth! What these young girls should be shown is how to find a fitness professional who can show they exercises which they can do and how to do them correctly. This way they will get a work-out but hopefully without the rise of injury.

I'm sorry if some of you may feel this is a bitchy post, but you will also notice that I have not mentioned any names and neither will I if asked. These are my own opinions about something I feel strongly about and while I am not an expert on fitness myself, I know to go and ask someone knowledgeable to find out, whereas the people who do these types of posts are targeting youngsters in order to simply gain popularity and followers without thinking of the consequences and injuries people my occur by following what they say.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, don't follow what someone says on the internet, not matter how pretty their pictures are or how knowledgeable they may sound. Find someone who is a registered professional who can show you the correct and safe way to perform work-out routines.


  1. This post is too accurate! I alway see fitness accounts where there isn't even a face behind it as all of the photos are from Tumblr! xx

    1. I know what you mean - it's so annoying and can be misleading, especially to children
      Laura x