From the minute we wake up to the minute we go to bed we are constantly exposed to images, videos, and posts that portray the idea of physical perfection and the idyllic fitness lifestyle.
How do you feel when you look at these?
Or, does it leave you feeling so close yet so far?
Getting motivated and setting fitness related goals is super important.
However, not many people know the difference between setting a positive Vs. realistic goal and, quite often end up in a sea of self-doubt and misery.
Let me explain…
Take #Fitspiration with a pinch of salt
Many people, myself included, are guilty of seeing a photo or video online and instantly thinking ’that’s what I should look like.’
Whilst many of these athletes and models are super dedicated and train ultra hard.
Most people fail to acknowledge how long their said #fitspiration has been training for or ignore the fact they’ve been blessed with true god-given genetic talent (money can’t buy).
Just think back to when you were at school. There was always that one kid who was super skinny no matter what they ate (b*****d), and another who was the best at every sport, and one who was really strong without ever having lifted a weight. It’s down to their genes and this is what determines how easy or hard we find it to build muscle and burn fat.
What’s more, you don’t know how recent that photo is, or whether it’s been digitally altered, or had a filter applied, or the time and effort that’s gone into getting that one shot. Don’t get me wrong there is a time and place for photoshop, but beware you’re often looking at a super polished version of the original.
A professional fitness model may do one shoot in a day, using different locations and outfits, then drip fed out across social media over time, which creates the impression they are in peak physical state year round. The truth is, it’s extremely hard to maintain peak physical condition 24/7, 365 days a year, especially when you take into account the metabolic abnormalities that occur when in a prolonged hypo-caloric state, added to that everyday stress life throws at us.
We also have the growing use of performance-enhancing drug use, which is an entirely personal decision. But, isn’t fair game when benchmarked against the work of a natural trainee.
If you take everything you see on social media at face value your so called #fitspiration will de-motivated you, serving as a constant reminder of far you have to go…
I’ve lost count of the times that clients of mine have complained about feeling demotivated, depressed and wanting to give up having gone on social media despite them having great sessions and making giant strides of progress.
This can prove very destructive in someone’s journey to building a better body. It’s therefore extremely important to be able to look at inspiring images and let them motivate you to be the best you can be making you feel like an immediate failure.
Realistic Thinking Will Help You
When you see an image of a physique that you aspire to emulate, look at it and say to yourself, while I respect and admire what I see, it is not a realistic goal for me right now. I’m therefore not going to place all my focus and energy on looking like that right overnight.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was a champion winning physique.
Whatever your starting point, mindset is everything.
Keep it realistic at all times!