Hashtag #fitnessaddict hashtag #GOALS! Amiright?!
We are a society addicted to body transformations.
However, these transformations are no longer over months or years but, “BIKINI BODY IN 90-DAYS, 6 week plans, 7-DAY before and afters”. And this has been causing a lot of women in the online fitness community a whole lot of problems; including yours truly.
We take before photos and then hop on the ‘fitness bandwagon’ not realizing that some of us are opening the door to a world of problems – where all of our issues with control and perfectionism can run rampant. Where jealousy and comparison thrive. And where – even when we get the, “body of our dreams” we still end up feeling inadequate and “not good enough”.
For the past year I’ve been ruminating around the question: “Is it possible to engage in the black hole of social media - for the incredible community support - and not fall into these #fitnessaddict traps?”
I don't have the answer yet - so a few days ago I asked my incredible followers how they find balance. The feedback was amazing! (Thank you to all who took the time to write me back!) Below is a summary of their suggestions:
Limit workouts to 3 – 4 per week
Schedule in rest days
Find movement you love
Include friends, where possible
Try shorter more intense workouts, then take a rest day
Find joy in the movement, not the transformation
Try to avoid jumping on bandwagons, do what feels right to you
Don’t feel the need to stick to one specific program
Schedule classes at the gym
Keep a simple mindset
This may take trial and error. That’s OK
MIND & BODY PROGRAMS
Robin Long Balanced Life 'Grace over guilt' https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/
Amanda Juul’s eBook “Beloved” https://belovedwellness.myshopify.com/products/enough-a-five-day-devotional-guide-to-improving-self-worth
SoulScripts program “SheRefined” https://thesoulscripts.com/she-refined-waitlist (currently waitlisted)
Boho Beautiful Life’s Program https://bohobeautiful.life/
Alisa Keeton’s Wellness Revelation https://www.amazon.ca/Wellness-Revelation-Weighs-Yourself-Others/dp/1496422473
Ali Kamenova Interval Yoga https://www.alikamenova.com/
@bretcontreras1 strong curves program https://www.bretcontreras.store/collections/ebooks-books/products/strong-curves
Beachbody’s new program LIIFT4 https://www.beachbodyondemand.com/blog/liift4-beachbody-workout
Barre3 workouts https://barre3.com/online-workouts
MENTAL HEALTH & LISTENING TO YOUR BODY
Aim to feel good during & after the workout
Know yourself (watch for old behaviours to start creeping in)
Take a step back from social media
Do you have more suggestions? What has helped you stay balanced in the online fitness community? Comment below or come find me https://www.instagram.com/lilybeaches83/