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We’re all guilty of it.  Late night Instagram scrolling.  Pinterest-board curating.  Facebook stalking.  Our feeds are flooded with images of recipes, fit physiques and the newest weight loss technique.  And while I’m all for the ever-motivational vision board, sometimes our incessant need for fitspiration becomes an obsession in and of itself. Do yourself a favor and transport yourself back to reality and away from the comparison game.

Here are three other reasons to stop looking to social media for your fitspiration:

The Comparison Game is Unoriginal.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the comparison game does no one any good, least of all yourself. We were all uniquely designed and made – why would you want to look exactly like someone else? Life would be pretty boring, don’t you think? Listen, we’re only on this earth for a finite time period.  We’re in these bodies on loan.  Take care of them – and that includes being grateful for your unique attributes.  Don’t spend your entire life trying to look like someone you’re not – it’s exhausting and quite frankly – makes you unoriginal.

Just Do It.  

Nike was right. Sometimes you have to just do it.  No amount of lingering in cyberspace is going to get your butt in the gym and out of the fridge.  Sometimes you just have to stop waiting for the inspiration to strike and get after it.  Create a plan and then execute on the plan.  Get sweaty.  Cook at home.  Hire a health coach. Find a partner-in-health-and-wellness-crime to hold you accountable.  Not to mention, having someone along for the ride makes a trek to Barry’s Bootcamp like a social event.  You know, like a less regrettable happy hour.   

Social Media is a Liar.

Let’s face it – social media lies.  We all curate our lives into this much more fantastic vision of what life looks like.  I do it.  You do it.  And if we’re honest, we know that the social media world is a farce. And grossly exaggerated.  Heck, there are apps that will now airbrush your selfies.  Point being, social media isn’t a true reflection of life.  So quit searching social media for your validation or inspiration.   Living in NYC, one of my favorite past times has become people watching.  Meeting people of all shapes, sizes, beliefs, backgrounds and styles truly has given me inspiration to be authentically me.  So get your nose out of your phone and glean inspiration from the actual world around you!

What about you? What reasons do you avoid social media?

Leave in the comments below!

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3 Reasons to Stop Looking to Social Media for Fitspiration

January 27, 2016

  1. Kels

    January 28th, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    I avoid (or at least try to avoid) social media for these exact reasons. I follow so many instagram accounts that I could easy delete but decide not too because it might inspire me to get up and go when in reality it makes me feel like crap. While saying this….im gonna go delete some people now :))

  2. Jena Viviano

    February 2nd, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Yes, absolutely! 🙂 I had to do some spring cleaning of the people I followed as well. Super freeing!

    Jena

  3. The Domestic Dietitian

    February 2nd, 2016 at 5:58 am

    A lot of bloggers I know have fessed up by being honest about the amount of work that goes into posting a "good" instagram picture. Some people use professional lighting, professional cameras and so many filters just to take a picture to post on instragram. It’s not realistic and it can definitely be hard to see these images and not try to compare to them. It’s a slippery slop to look at these type of "fitness" accounts for inspiration. I know personally I’m just left feeling semi-inadequate after scrolling thru these types of feeds.

    Great post,
    Brynn http://www.thedomesticdietitian.com

  4. Jena Viviano

    February 2nd, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing Brynn! Yeah, I totally agree. A bit ago, I got absolutely sucked in by the lure of Instagram and searching for fitspiration. It was awful! Inspiration is great and I love reading about people’s success stories, but there is a fine line! Thanks for taking time to post a comment!

    Jena

  5. Cody Lister

    February 3rd, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Hey Jena,

    Keep blogging! It’s great to see you’ve picked up blogging again. Email me if you have questions about how to do pre-outreach or setup content upgrades (or welcome gates) and get more traction and email subscribers from each post.

    🙂

    Cody

  6. Jena Viviano

    February 3rd, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Cody!

    How lovely to hear from you! Thanks for reading. And yeah, I definitely will! Swamped with juggling everything right now, but will definitely keep it in mind.

    Jena

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I'm here to make sure you become irresistible to recruiters and hiring managers. In an extremely competitive marketplace, I can show you how to take back control of the job search, become a stand-out candidate and ultimately land you your dream career. Oh, and I promise to make the process fun. Yes, fun.

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