When I first created my Instagram I was highly influenceable. If I followed someone and they they were wearing a particular sports bra, I would want it. I’d want it and then I would buy it. When I first saw a woman that I followed using protein powder, I decided that I needed to start using it. Yes, I did first look into the benefits of protein powder before buying it, but ultimately seeing it on Instagram was what made me order myself a tub. I remember seeing salted caramel protein peanut butter all over my feed and thinking that my fitness lifestyle wouldn’t be complete without it. Everyone had it so surely it essential in achieving that sought after six pack.
It didn’t stop at the products I was buying. I saw women with incredible bums lifting heavy weights and so I ditched cardio and started lifting heavy. I became so caught up in this trend that I started to believe that lifting heavy weights was the only way to get a good body and couldn’t understand why my new routine wasn’t giving me one. I didn’t do targeted ab workouts because I’d read that regular ab workouts were unnecessary and I was left confused as to why squats weren’t giving me a six pack but were giving me bulky quads. I ignored the fact that this routine was hurting my back and making me dread my workouts because Instagram didn’t warn me about the dangers of lifting weights that are too heavy for you.
Companies are now commonly using social media influencers to promote their products/workout guides and events. I think it’s great to see some incredible bloggers working with brands that they love. It makes marketing more interesting and it is lovely to see small businesses reaching audiences that they may not be able to without influencers. So I want to make it clear that I don’t have an issue with sponsored content. I just want you to be aware that the content that you seeing all over you feed might be sponsored. I want you to know that so that you can be fully aware in the fitness and lifestyle decisions that you are making. Just because everyone is having protein, it doesn’t mean that you have to. If you don’t like it, don’t want to try it or you just don’t want to spend your money on it then don’t. You won’t be doing anything wrong by not following this trend. I’ve been sent products to try and if I love them, you’ll see them on my page and my story. But just because I love them, it doesn’t mean you have to buy them or like them. I love the BBG guide but if you know that you don’t like that style of workout, please don’t do it just because I do!
Fitness and body trends
Turning now to fitness trends, I want to point out that a lot of people have incredible bodies but a lot of people also follow very different fitness routines. Just because you see a certain style of workout all over social media, it does not mean that you have to follow that type of routine. As I’ve mentioned, I used to restrict my workouts to lifting heavy weights (is there a more technical term for this!?) and I HATED it. I didn’t like what it did to my body and I found it really boring. I wanted to look lean, to be really fit and, however superficial it may sound, I wanted abs but weight lifting didn’t give these things to me. Everybody has different goals and everybody has a different body. What works for one person might not work for you but Instagram can sometimes mislead us into thinking that there is a one-size-fits all approach to fitness. My priorities are being healthy, fit and strong and the programme I follow gives this to me. I’m motivated because it stays varied and if i want to add in my own session then I can do it but it took a lot of trial and error to get to this stage and I am still learning.
Body trends will come and go. Big boobs were once the thing to have and now it’s a big bum but if you are happy in your training and confident about your body, then you shouldn’t worry about these trends. I’ll never have big boobs, I’ll never have a thigh gap and I’ll probably never have a huge bum. But I wouldn’t change a thing about my body or my workout routine.
Every now and then I’ll have a scroll on Instagram and start to feel as though I’m doing something wrong by not following a particular style of workout. Sometimes it feels like there is such a backlash against cardio and lower weight resistance workouts that I wonder if I’m missing a trick. Well I don’t think I am because the workout routine that I follow makes me HAPPY and that is what matters. I like cardio, I like feeling fit and I like my resistance workouts so I will keep doing them. If you like your routine then stick to it! Do not feel pressured to do something you do not want to do because at the moment it’s the cool thing to be doing on social media.
The point of this blog post is just to make you think about why you are making the decisions you are making. I know that I am still heavily influenced by what I see on social media. If someone is wearing a sports bra I love, I’m probably going to buy it. But if I see something that makes me reassess my lifestyle and think about changing my fitness routine, I first ask myself why I would do that? If the answer is because I keep seeing it on social media and it seems like the cool thing to be doing, then I normally realise that it’s a silly idea. So make the decisions that you think are best for you, just make sure that you are thinking about why you are making those decision.
P.s salted caramel protein peanut butter isn’t very nice.