The Rise Of The ‘Instagram Fitness Inspiration’
Posted: Saturday May 5, 2018
The Rise Of The Instagram Fitness Inspiration
Here’s why you shouldn’t listen to your Instagram Fitness Inspiration
Ah, the Instagram fitness inspirations favourite quote:
‘Don’t compare yourself to others’
‘Be the best version of you’
I recently completed Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules For Life, so I’m now basically a psychologist.
Today, let’s rewind time and picture yourself as the 8 year old you, where lifes toughest decision was whether you wore your superman, or batman costume.
Now, if you were fortunate enough to grow up with a father figure, chances are you idolised your dad. He was your inspiration.
He was the only person you’d ever compare yourself to.
Fast forward 10 years and the jokes that once made you piss yourself, just aren’t that funny anymore.
This doesn’t mean you should disobey your father…
…it’s what happens when you develop your own way of thinking as you become older and wiser.
The Rise Of The Instagram Famous Fitness Inspiration….
Thinking is manipulating information, how we form concepts, engage in problem solving, reason and make decisions.
With thinking, it can lead to comparing, where you measure, or note the similarity or dissimilarity between yourself and your favourite ‘Insta Fitness Inspiration’.
Take this for example.
I once idolised the physique of my ‘Insta Fitness Inspiration’ Ryan Terry, and Steve Cooks, replicating their diet and their training methods to the T.
It only took me 5 years to realise I wasn’t Steve Cook, meaning my physique would never look like Steve Cooks.
Fast forward another 2 years I figured that Steve Cook doesn’t look like Steve Cook when he’s air brushed, photoshopped and fake tanned to the max on the cover of our favourite fitness magazines.
This is why you SHOULD compare yourself to others
Look, despite what your moron ‘insta famous inspiration’ says when he (or more noticeably she) quotes:
‘Don’t compare yourself to others’
Understand that comparing is great.
It’s how ideas are formed, competitiveness is generated and why this world is evolving day by day.
I mean, if we didn’t, what would be our purpose? You’d have no one to compare to, no one to drive you in wanting to do better in life, no reason to make change in this world, giving you very little purpose.
I mean, we’d still be heading down to our nearest river to wash our clothes.
When Alva J. Fisher created the first drum washing machine in 1908, he was comparing his new form of washing clothes with the old, and obviously the pros in his new method outweighed the cons.
Being a society who thrives from convenience and ease – hence today we have the washing machine.
Yet, although social media and more notably ‘The Gram’ have had a positive impact on society, one thing it has brought with it is wanting to look a certain way and unrealistic body standards.
And in protest to this, you have individuals with (sometimes) MILLIONS of followers, normalising being overweight and in some cases, obese.
Ironically, a body state that increases health risks and reduces both the quantity and quality of your life they’re doing just as much damage, if not more, than the people they accuse of creating unrealistic body standards.
And yes, there’s no need to tell me because I already know there are some absolute helmets on The Gram who will capitalise on some unfortunate desperation wanting to change their body state, promising a magic pill will do that….
…and no, for the last time, Raspberry Ketones do not work.
And if we’re going to blame Instagram fitness inspirations for promoting unrealistic body standards, then we also need to acknowledge some of the positive effects.
Let’s face facts – we’re becoming more health conscious – research and the sudden increase in gym memberships supports this.
We’re quick criticize social media for society’s issues, but it’s how you use it and perceive it that matters. It’s literally down to your thumb who you follow so If someone (or something) is making you feel worse about yourself–click that unfollow button.
Giving Society the Two Fingers
As you blossom into adulthood, the realisation that you once admired someone else’s physique more than your own may make you feel slightly stupid, and it is cool to gain your own identity and shoving two fingers up at society’s notion that we must look a certain way.
But what’s I can’t stand is misinformation, preaching the normalisation of an overweight body image that can increase someones risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Society seems to be splitting both ways, where it’s not okay to fat shame, yet questioning someone when they’re trying to change their body image with questions such as:
‘Just have one biscuit, it won’t kill you’
‘You don’t need to lose weight, you look great as you are’
em>’You’re so boring since you’ve started your diet’
really needs to stop.
As someone who works with people trying to change their health and body image it’s as wrong, if not worse than fat shaming.