November 02, 2021 4 min read
Social media has changed the way we live for better or worse. From sharing our personal stories to scrolling through feeds, it's become an integral part of our lives. But how does social media affect your fitness goals? The answer is - it can either have a positive or negative effect on your motivation. One study showed that those who post pictures on Instagram are more likely to stay motivated and succeed in their fitness goals. On the other hand, a recent study found that it the participants who didn't use social media were less likely to be depressed and had lower levels of anxiety than those who did.
Section 1: How social media affects our fitness goals
One study asked participants to watch three short, humorous videos online: a humorous comic with minimal text and content; a video that was heavily text-based; and a video with less text than the first two. After watching these videos, the participants were asked to indicate how much they liked or disliked each video and to discuss their reaction. Most participants liked the video that was the most light-hearted and humorous. They liked the second video less and felt less inclined to explain what they liked.
The researchers were surprised by this finding, as they had expected that videos with low word count and no humor would be the least liked and most criticized. One possible explanation for this result is that people use humor in videos to feel better.
How Social Media Affects Your Mental State
Aside from affecting your exercise goals, it's also become clear that social media can influence your mental state. If you find yourself constantly comparing yourself to others' fitness images, it may make you feel more insecure and make you question your own abilities. A study showed that those who post pictures on Instagram were more likely to stay motivated and succeed in their fitness goals. On the other hand, a recent study found that it the participants who didn't use social media were less likely to be depressed and had lower levels of anxiety than those who did.
How Social Media Can Help You Feel Motivated
The good news is that if you're in need of a little inspiration, social media can be a great way to get moving.
The Positive Impact of Social Media on Fitness Goals
For fitness bloggers like Chris Smith from the blog How to Get Healthy, social media makes it easy for us to look up fitness advice from others. One of his favourite ways to reach out to people with knowledge about fitness is through Pinterest. He uses Pinterest to share his favourite articles about fitness and nutrition, as well as workout routines and meal plans.
"Pins [pins showing a user's interest or interest in a subject] are the most important thing on Pinterest - it allows users to find their interests in a given discipline, such as fitness, nutrition or healthy living. Once an interest has been established, users can search for and pin new things related to their particular interests," Chris wrote in a blog post.
The Negative Impact of Social Media on Fitness Goals
Despite the numerous benefits of posting workout photos on Instagram, there are some downsides too. When you think about it, posting workout photos every day online is bound to make you lazy. The more you share your successes on social media, the less likely you are to work out. Social media also tends to make us insecure, which can in turn keep us from trying harder to achieve fitness goals.
On the other hand, posting a picture on social media can encourage other people to try their best to keep up with your fitness goals. Sharing about your workout may make other people want to exercise too, which in turn, can motivate them to reach their own goals. However, just sharing about your workout won't work without putting in the effort yourself.
Social media plays a huge role in motivating your exercise routine. Use the research above as an example and use social media as a tool to further drive your training goals. At the end of the day, we know that being a fitness blogger or influencer is more than just posting an inspiring picture and sharing how you stayed motivated through it.
What is the impact of social media?
Social media is a powerful tool that can be used to influence your fitness objectives. With an active social media presence, you have the opportunity to reach a large audience with healthy messages. It is important to tread lightly on these platforms. First, research what type of posts will work best with your audience and fit within the parameters of the outlet. Next, create a plan for how often you want to post and what content you will share. Thirdly, utilize scheduling tools so that you don't have to spend time on social media every day or night. Finally, monitor the platform for feedback and engagement from those who receive your content; then use those findings as constructive criticism for future posts.
How can one promote fitness using social media?
Here are some of the ways through which one can promote fitness using social media:
1.) Make it a game-like activity
2.) Start open threads for learning
3.) Collective group activities
4.) Reward success publicly
5.) Integrate real experiences
6.) Promoting handles of the ones genuinely following schedule