By Myprotein Writer
Most, if not all of us, use social media in one form or another. Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, we are all guilty of scrolling through the depths of memes and selfies, desperate to stay up to date with friends, family and celebrities’ lives.
Social media can be an incredible thing, full of opportunity and inspiration, yet it reflects badly when start comparing yourself to others. Sound familiar? Here are a few cons (with tips!) plus seeing the light and goodness in social media.
Social Media | The Pros
Social media can be a great tool to help you improve your body. Gone are the days when the only fitness tips you could get were from the biggest guy in the gym. Here are my top tips for using social media to your advantage!
#1 Video Tutorials
YouTube videos show how to perform exercises like the squat and deadlift with perfect form, and they’re created by some of the best coaches in the world.
And it’s not just workout routines; think of all the healthy recipes and protein-filled inspiration you can pick up.
Knowledge is power, and thanks to the internet, this knowledge is free and accessible to find.
#2 Motivation and Inspiration
There are some great trainers, models and athletes out there posting advice and videos. The best ones are motivated by a desire to help you and these are the people who truly motivate a following.
Find someone you admire and follow them. Pick up hints and tips and apply them to your own life and workouts; the best of them may even connect with you and answer your questions.
#3 Supplement deals
You can log on to Facebook and find your favourite supplement company, offering discounts, prizes and new products. Grabbing these online discounts is not only beneficial to your diet, but your bank balance, too.
There are articles, live workouts and even groups that will give you the tools and knowledge you need to take your training and nutrition to the next level. You may be seeking advice on nutrition or tips to finishing a marathon. If there is any part of your training that you are unsure about, then we’re lucky enough to be able to get online and start learning.
Plugging into a podcast whilst on the treadmill is a great way to learn and kill the boredom. Learning just one thing a week will challenge you and bring about steady progress.
Social Media | The Cons + Tips
#1 Tailor what you see
If you are logging on and finding that the same model or ‘friend’ is making you feel bad about yourself, then simply delete them. What you view is decided by you, and if you don’t come off social media feeling good – then make a few changes. At least look at something that puts a smile on your face!
#2 Don’t believe everything you see
A lot of the images you see on social media are snippets of positive moments – not to say that people aren’t having a great time, but it’s not the full story. We all have our ups and downs but it’s more likely that we share the good rather than the bad – unless it’s someone on their journey. In this case, follow them for inspiration!
#3 Be conscious of logging in
Just being aware of your usage may make you think twice about checking that news feed for the 20th time. Removing the apps from your phone will make it less accessible. Just think of the time you could have saved and consider all the things you could have done instead, such as an extra set or two in the gym.
Take home message
Looking after your mental health is just as important as your physical health. The brain is just like a muscle; it can grow, it requires protein and it can get stronger, so it’s an important thing to take care of.
It’s key to remember that a lot of what you see on social media is not real, and like most things, it is good to approach it in moderation. Resist the urge to compare yourself to others, and make it work for you. It’s a great tool to learn from and get fresh ideas!
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