Why To Avoid Social Media For Inspiration In 2018
Let’s take a look at why you should avoid Instagram etc. for inspiration in 2018.
Over the last 2-3 years, you’ll have seen a surge in “influencers”.
They’ve gathered big followings and can appear to be leading the “perfect lifestyle”.
So for many, they begin to follow them with a view to adopting their tips to getting to look like them.
But today, I’m going to dig in as to why you shouldn’t look to them for inspiration.
The Truth Behind Social Media Influencers – Photos
Let’s cut to the chase – anyone with a large following on social media is making money from looking a certain way.
So the better they look to you, the more they can sell.
And when it comes to money, you can bet you will manipulate ways to ensure you look your best to keep the dollars rolling in.
How do they do this?
Well as time goes by, they become exceptionally good at being able to manipulate photos.
They’ll have perfect lighting, angle themselves and stick their ass out.
Perfectly selected gym gear for the 6am photo and hair and tan will be perfect.
Then throw in filters and they’re set to give you the perception of a perfect physique.
Now they’ll also show you all the crap/junk food they eat so you suddenly think “oh, they can still eat that and have abs!! Sign me up.”
Hold on a second.
They don’t show you the fact that they massively restrict their food intake to allow said junk.
They don’t show you the 2 gym sessions a day and how they throw in a “cheeky cardio session” so they can punish themselves for breathing near chocolate.
In fact, you could lean towards saying they almost have an eating disorder.
Another thing, you’ll get that TBT “throwback thursday” nonsense where they just hound you with pics of them in serious shape.
But they never show you when they fall off the wagon.
They want you to believe they live in this state of perfection instead of actually being a human being.
Levels of Happiness
For the majority, people base their happiness purely on how many “likes” and “followers” they have.
And you can see the trend of showing more and more flesh in order to keep those likes coming in.
Not only that, but majority are so self obsessed they don’t care if you exist, only that you buy their programmes.
So, is this a true level of happiness you want to aspire to?
Aaaand of course, the fitness industry is rampant with drugs.
Anabolic steroids, diet assistance drugs etc.
Truth is, if they’re making money based off how they look, you can expect them to be considering it if not already using.
So it completely skews your image of what you can expect to achieve and leaves you demoralised in your pursuit of a goal physique.
The Reality of Inspiration
Instead of focusing on using people on social media for motivation and inspiration, focus on those around you.
Look to the following for inspiration:
- The woman with 3 kids who manages to work, keep the house together and STILL finds time to hit the gym 3 times a week.
- Or the man in a high stress job working long hours week after week who chooses to get up early 3 times a week to train at 7am before he goes to work because he values his health and fitness.
- Or the young lads with medical conditions who still work hard even though life has thrown them a curveball.
And finally, look to YOURSELF for inspiration.
At the end of the day, you’re doing this for yourself.
Compare yourself to where you were 2 weeks, 2 months or 2 years ago.
Every week make positive changes and work on becoming better.
Then in the future, you’ll be much happier with yourself rather than spending all your time comparing yourself to others.
Because by now, I’m sure you’ve already done that.
So, spend time appreciating the good you’re doing for yourself.
Avoid comparing yourself to others.
Every day do 1 thing that brings you closer to the person you want to be.
And remove yourself from the drama of online.
Because not everything you see on the internet is realistic.