Social Media and Your Fitness and Health Goals

by tinareale on February 21, 2012

Good morning! Thanks for the supportive comments on my post yesterday. I found myself very thankful for that time to relax over the weekend. I had lots on my plate…including a special video filming.

Some unforeseen circumstances have made me unable to travel to the Binge Eating Disorder Association conference in a couple of weeks. I had planned to attend the conference and share my story as part of a panel on binge eating and social media. Since I can no longer make it in person, Ashley and Dana (the panel leaders) asked me to put together a little video sharing my take on it. Of course I am saving the video and its exact details for the conference, but it got me thinking about how social media fits in a healthy lifestyle. Like most everything, it has its pros and cons.

The Negative Side of Social Media

The Comparison Trap. It is so easy to see what other people share and think it covers the entire picture. A lot of times, however, it doesn’t. I know from experience the feeling of failure if I didn’t workout as much or eat as healthfully as others in my social media niche. I would give up on my own goals. On the flip side, I also faced times where it caused a desire to do more and to achieve more. I lost sight of my own goals and what suited my own best interest because a desire to fit the “status quo” of the social media environment.

It Becomes “Normal”. Some of the habits in some social media groups may not be healthy, but because “everyone” follows the habits they become reasonable. When I participated in an online fitness forum, it was the norm to eat 1200 calories of only chicken and broccoli in weird concoctions and post 2 hours of workouts a day. Those actions were far from healthy, but since so many shared those actions, I could easily accept it as okay and justify my behaviors.

Stress. Social media can easily develop into a source of stress. You don’t have to post your workout on Daily Mile or log your meals on My Fitness Pal to validate your healthy lifestyle. They are great tools, but when they reach a level of obsession and cause anxiety when not accessible…it’s time to rethink the social media game n your goals.

The Positive Side of Social Media

Accountability. I love having goals, however I certainly face times where I lose motivation. Knowing I have put my goals out there in the public eye, helps keep me focused. Besides accountability for goals, it also helps keep me accountable to myself. I believe in sharing openly and honestly on my blog. I have had my struggles with emotional eating and still face those urges. I want to “practice what I preach” in a sense and not put up a false front. Having this blog helps me keep true to myself and the new life I want to lead.

Support and Understanding. You all give me such encouragement on a regular basis. People I have met through social media also understand my passions and interests in ways others in my circle of friends and family may not. True relationships can develop through social media. The friendships I have made through blogging are genuine and add so much to my life. That alone makes social media a huge positive for me.

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I think the key is to find the right group – a niche that fits your interests and passions…with people who want the best for you, encourage you, and inspire you. Thank you for being that for me. I hope I give some of that back to you.

How does social media positively or negatively impact your health and fitness goals/lifestyle?

{ 73 comments }

1 Miz February 21, 2012 at 6:24 am

it is such a DOUBLE EDGED SWORD.
Ive made so many new friends who motivate me—yet FREQUENTLY DAILY lament how Im sitting and writing about fitness instead of doing it.

if only I had no bills :)

2 Lisa (I'm an Okie) February 21, 2012 at 6:32 am

Social media has allowed me to meet YOU (and other wonderful friends) and hey, let’s be honest at this point—allowed me to meet Chad.

It does get overwhelming though at times—and if it starts to affect your everyday life (i.e.: friends or family commenting about the time spent with your laptop or phone), then that’s when you need to take a break.

All in all though, if used in the right way, it’s a beautiful wonderful thing!

3 lindsay February 21, 2012 at 11:55 am

you took the words right out of my mouth Lisa. A very valuable point here. It all leads us to someone somewhere and if used in the right way, it’s a beautiful thing. It’s finding out how to use it and balance it that is key, yes? I think everyone struggles at somepoint, but thank goodness we have each other to support.
xoxo

4 tinareale February 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I 100% agree with the both of you! I know I’m thankful for our friendships!

5 Stefanie @TheNewHealthy February 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I have to chime in here. Lisa, you’re so right that when it starts to affect your everyday life with family/friends commenting – then it’s time to scale it back. A few weeks ago, my Mom said that I had been on my phone all day long and that it was getting a bit ridiculous. She was right. Sometimes we need those reminders.

Anyway, great post Tina! :)

6 Lisa (I'm an Okie) February 21, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Agreed. I know that my time away the last few months was really needed—and I am really thankful I’m able to see when I need a step away and can find that balance much quicker than I used to. That said, I’m itching to be back!

7 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama February 21, 2012 at 6:32 am

I love the accountability factor. If I say I’m going to do something on my blog I’m much more likely to do it!

8 Lauren February 21, 2012 at 6:37 am

So true! There are clear sides to social media…but I like to believe the good outweighs the bad. Thanks for sharing some of your insight.

9 Geraldine February 21, 2012 at 6:48 am

Social media has definitely been the key to unlocking my interest in healthy living. They’ve introduced me to new foods, recipes (hello OIAJ) and a million and one different ways to get a full body workout in under 30 minutes. However, in a forum which focuses so heavily on eating, our bodies and exercise, I believe it would be impossible to escape negativity. Personally, I have sometimes fallen prey to the negative body comparisons especially if I’m not feeling happy with how my own body looks compared to a blogger of similar age/height etc.. but then I remember that that is their life and this is mine. They may not always blog the truth. I try to focus on reading the more relate-able blogs.
PS I’m hoping to do my Masters disertation on social media but have yet to put forward my proposal title and your post has just given me an idea!

10 tinareale February 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

How neat! And I really think its such an interesting topic.

11 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 21, 2012 at 6:52 am

Oh I totally agree. I do love social media though, so I guess it’s up to the person to make sure they know what is healthy/unhealthy and not get warped into thinking something different!

12 Nicole February 21, 2012 at 7:19 am

It def has it’s pros and cons, but I find the overall sense to be PRO. Like you said it helps motivate me and has helped me connect with so many wonderful people!

13 Khushboo February 21, 2012 at 7:24 am

Great post! Social media can be a wonderful thing…or very dangerous, depending how you embrace it! There are some blogs where initially I tried to emulate the blogger because shelooked great and so many others were following her! Looking back, I realise how unhealthy some of her habits were and like you said, I think the most important thing is finding fellow bloggers who share your interests, passions and possibly even goals! I love having a blog to share my experiences and I love reading blogs for motivation!

14 Ericka @ The Sweet Life February 21, 2012 at 7:32 am

Social media is my professional job and my hobby — it’s something I’m very passionate about and believe in wholeheartedly as a means to success and even fulfillment. The personal connections I’ve made online are priceless and have served to move my life forward, become better at my job and access so much I never would have otherwise. In the HLB world, the comparison game can be negative. I sometimes find myself envious of those who make a living with their blogs or who have seemingly “perfect-ish” lives but for the most part, I find fitness inspiration, positive energy and the drive to make goals and be happy.

15 tinareale February 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I agree whole heartedly. There are things to be aware of, but on the whole I LOVE social media and what it has brought to me.

16 Lindsay @ FuelMyFamily February 21, 2012 at 8:00 am

I think seeing so many bloggers workout 6 days a week makes me think I should be too. But I’ve tried and my body gets too tired then my workouts start being less productive. My body does best and sees results best with 3 workouts a week maybe 4. Sometimes I only get in 2 and that’s ok, but I let others make me feel like that’s not enough. I also think I eat waaaay too much when looking at a blog who ran 10 miles one day and ate a salad with chicken all day afterwards. But like you said, it’s rarely the whole story and I know what works for ne to stay healthy so I stick to it.

17 tinareale February 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm

That’s the most important thing. To know what works for YOU!

18 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean February 21, 2012 at 8:03 am

loved this! so often i find social media to be a source of stress for me, when i feel like i have a million things that i HAVE to do related to the blog. but it’s also SUCH a source of inspiration and encouragement that i’m not sure what i’d do without it!

19 tinareale February 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Oh how I have been there on the stress factor. I have let go of soooo much of my “blogging responsibility” and it is so freeing.

20 Katie February 21, 2012 at 8:07 am

Mostly I gain so many great & fun workouts from blogs! So I’m excited to go to the gym & it’s very motivation to read other people’s accomplishments :)

21 Lee February 21, 2012 at 8:10 am

I agree with both the positives and negatives that you’ve listed.

22 Parita @ myinnershakti February 21, 2012 at 8:10 am

Great topic! For the most part, social media has really helped motivate and inspire me. However, there have been times when the comparison trap takes over and all I can do is think about everything I’m not doing (mainly in terms of exercise). Personally, I realized it’s a mental thing and I just don’t let myself go there. :)

23 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon February 21, 2012 at 8:16 am

Tina–you inspire me on a daily basis with your love and care for your kids and husband, your drive to start your own online personal training business, and your candid discussions of approaching everyday life. Many of your posts have encouraged me to re-examine my own attitude and I always love the workouts and fitness tips you post! So, THANK YOU! SO much :)

For me, I love that blogging allows me to connect with other like minded people. My “real life friends” don’t ooh and ahh over delicious bowls of oatmeal, quickly tire of hearing of my latest workouts and workout goals, and are not necessarily interested in the latest nutrition debate. It is so great to be part of an online community that is interested in these same things!

24 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning February 21, 2012 at 8:43 am

There is such a fine line between being accountable and being obsessive. I have definitely crossed that line in the past, but think that I’m at a pretty good place with it now. I use My Fitness Pal to log everything. I try to just log for the day either at the beginning or end of the day and make adjustments as needed, so that it doesn’t take too much time away from my day. Having it synced to my phone really helps too.
And I don’t obsess about the exercise logging at all. I have had major issues with that in the past (needing to get a certain number of calories burned- even though I KNOW they’re not accurate!) and exercising for too much. It’s nice to see the numbers displayed on there that My Fitness Pal calculates for exercise- but I certainly know that everyone’s bodies work differently and mine is no exception!

25 Danica @ It's Progression Not Perfection February 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

I think the most negative part of social media in general is definitely the ease of falling into the comparison trap. I’ll admit to comparing myself to others, and it was not in a good way by any means. It’s just important to remember that what might be the best fit for someone else most likely won’t be the best fit for me…On the upside, social media really helps keep motivated to exercise regularly, eat nutritious, fueling foods, and just continue to improve my health in general. Choosing which blogs to read, tweets to follow, etc. are what make the difference!

26 Sue @ Sue In Training February 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

Discovering healthy living blogs has had some pros and cons for me, for sure. I love interacting with like-minded people, learning new things about fitness and nutrition and health every day, finding motivation and inspiration to get/stay fit and healthy myself, etc. But on the other hand, blogging is indeed very time-consuming, and I often fall into the comparison trap, thinking I’m not exercising often or hard enough, or eating the way I should (whatever that means anyway).
All in all I do think the pros outweight the cons, though.

27 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef February 21, 2012 at 9:31 am

probably the biggest benefit for social media in my life in terms of health/fitness is new foods & recipes, as well as encouragement for marathon training. i ran my first marathon before i read blogs and my 2nd/3rd after and there was a big difference!

28 tinareale February 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Oh that is so neat to hear the difference between training before and after reading blogs.

29 Tara Burner February 21, 2012 at 9:31 am

love social media and seeing how its my job of course I’d say that but still in my personal/fitness life it’s a pro too! :)

30 Carissa @Fit2Flex February 21, 2012 at 9:36 am

Great post! There are definite benefits. I love being a part of the “blogger social realm” because I like to see that there are people like me out there committed to healthy living. On the other hand I don’t agree what everyone’s diet or types of workouts, but I’m educated enough to take advice with a “grain of salt”

But overall the benefits win for me!

31 Tamara February 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

I have found it important to learn to strike a balance. Too much computer time and I feel jittery and anxious.
I came across an interesting article about time spent on computer projects and food choice. I wrote this blog post in response.

http://fitknitchick.com/2011/12/06/does-blogging-make-you-fat-evidence-that-deadlines-make-for-poor-diets/

32 Mellissa February 21, 2012 at 9:49 am

I think it helps me be accountable but I know at the end of the day that I am the only one that can go workout and make healthy decisions.

33 Cindy February 21, 2012 at 9:51 am

I always have to remind myself that bloggers, Facebook statuses, etc. only tell part of the story. No blogger I have read shares 100% of their lives….and some only share a very very small portion, not telling the whole picture. Same with Facebook….some people only share the positives, never the not so positive. Both of which are fine…focus on the plus side of things, don’t dwell on the negatives! But if you are using those snippets as a comparison, you need to remember you may not have all the facts. That person’s life is probably not always rainbows and puppy dogs….in fact, I find sometimes those people who are sharing the most frequent happy, upbeat, messages are often either trying to convince themselves that things really are that good or they are trying to hide or compensate for some area of their lives that is not quite the way they planned or envisioned.

You ALWAYS have to do what works FOR YOU. Someone else’s idea of what exercise/food plan/lifestyle is best for you is probably what worked for them (unless of course they are a trained professional with extensive experience).

34 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

oh great post. i can totally relate to all of your pros and cons of social media. i absolutely love the accountability, encouragement, and support that comes from it. however, i have to be careful to not fall into the comparison trap or to let it stress me out.

35 Heather @ Better With Veggies February 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

Great post, I agree completely! I actually have posted my workouts less frequently over the past few weeks, because I needed a little break from that and the pressure I was putting on myself as a result. The key is to realize where you are and back away when you need to – the accountability and encouragement is usually awesome!

I think your point about what is “normal” is key – it’s so easy to get sucked into what everyone around you is doing and forget what you should be doing. That may be more or less than others in your circle.

36 Caroline February 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

Healthy living blogs really changed my life! I started reading them a few months ago and they’ve led me to eat healthier, try new things, start to run and exercise every day, and even realize that I want to change my career and pursue a master of public health. After months, I finally got the confidence to start my own blog. I really can’t thank you and all the other bloggers who inspired me enough!

37 jobo February 21, 2012 at 10:39 am

A bummer that you can no longer go to the conference! But I love the compromise of the video. That will be great. And I can’t wait to watch it. And you hit the nail on the head with this post, on the pros and cons of social media on fitness. I absolutely agree with you, particularly on the comparison, in a negative way. I was finding myself doing that exact thing with running (as I mentioned in my guest post for Jess) and am so glad I took a step back, reset myself and started with a clean slate, releasing myself from comparing to others…it just isn’t worth it and made me lose sight of WHY I was running in the first place.

38 tinareale February 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Yep! I love that you took it as your own. And how happy you are as a result. :)

39 Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family February 21, 2012 at 10:40 am

Great post Tina! Very insightful and true about the dual nature of social media. Sometimes I have to take a step back from social media and just live and enjoy “real life”. BUT I love the community I have found and the friends I have made along the way. The pros definitely outweigh the cons for me.

40 maria @ a life to bragg about February 21, 2012 at 10:43 am

Honestly, lately I’ve felt that it has more cons than pros which is why I haven’t been blogging much lately. I agree that there should be a balance though, but I feel like I had more of a balance BEFORE I started blogging.

41 Karen February 21, 2012 at 11:13 am

What a great post! I have met so many good people through social media that I think it can absolutely be a great tool. I really agree that finding the right group of people is key! Using others as inspiration instead of comparison can be a very fine line.

42 Laura is Undeterrable February 21, 2012 at 11:36 am

I am so with you on the comparison problem. I see all these great workouts on blogs and twitter and I beat myself up because I can’t complete them or because I’m not as fast. It’s not good for me.

I do also agree with the accountability part of it. Each Monday I post 5 mini goals for myself and by the end of the week if I still haven’t met them it gives me an extra push because I don’t want to post that I didn’t do it.

43 Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb February 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Oh yes, I’ve dealt (dealing) with both the positive and negatives. Ultimately I see the positives outweighing the negatives. And if anything the “negatives” still push me to be a better/healthier person.

44 Lisa February 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Good comparison of the pros and cons. While I think social media can be a great thing, I also see the negatives too. When I was running a lot I pushed myself too much because I felt like that was the “norm.” I was reading blogs about runners running marathons every weekend and thought I could do more than my body was really ready for–which led to injury.

45 Julia February 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

A week in to starting a new blog I am pretty terrified to put it all out there. On the other hand though I am super excited to have a place to share my goals, fears, and triumphs. In a year I can really see how I have changed my life. The only thing more terrifying than sharing my life story, is not sharing it!

46 tinareale February 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I love that last line you put. I relate 100%. Sometimes its scary putting things out there, but feeling so compelled to and knowing it could help others and myself drowns out the doubts and fears. :)

47 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health February 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Totally agree that social media can be both negative and positive! I like how it can enhance a sense of community and give you ways to connect with others, but like you said I think for the me the biggest things that are negative are stress that it can create and the comparison trap! I have to always remind myself not to compare myself to others and not to get too caught up in social media!

48 Carol @ Lucky Zucca February 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm

This is great Tina. I’m glad you posted about this. I think people often get swept up and lost in social media. Instead, like everything else in life, we have to seek out the benefits and focus on those instead of allowing the downside to affect us negatively. Love this post. :)

49 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life February 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Just like there are pros and cons with Everythibg in life, there is good and bad in regards to social media too. It is such a great community and I live the support I receive and the ability to learn and grow as a person, but sometimes it is hard not too compare. What I eat, the amount I exercise, and my weight are all up for judgement on my blog. However, it is also empowering to post and be proud of my life and my healthy habits. My routine works for me, and other’s routines work for them and that’s okay! We are all different and need to embrace what makes each of us unique and special :-)

50 [email protected] February 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Are we counting blogging as social media? If so… doing my own and reading others keeps me going when I might give up. As for facebook and twitter, I don’t find they do much for me regarding my healthy lifestyle but I have slowly been finally “getting into” twitter, more for the camaraderie and smiles, than anything else. That said, I think there are many ways to use it to advance one’s healthy goals if one should choose.

51 tinareale February 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Oh, yes! I count blogging as social media. And it is my biggest positive too. :)

52 Carolyn February 21, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I am really glad that you posted this. It is really important to keep perspective in mind… and know yourself.

53 Felicia February 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm

its been positive for me in terms of motivation and accountability, as well as support when going through any struggles. but i can see how it can easily become negative – especially when it comes to comparison and being obsessive. great post!!

54 Jane February 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I definitely think there are pros and cons … I fall into the comparison trap like 15 times a day … but it can be a motivating factor as well!

55 Kellie February 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I think you have to be very careful when reading blogs. As a person in recovery from anorexia and over-exercise, I had to re-evalute some of the blogs I was reading. The amount of exercise some of these women do with the low amount of calories they take in is very disturbing.
On the other end, there are some blogs who show what a healthy amount of exercise and adequate food look like. They show balance and health. For me those have been tremendously helpful.

56 Yellow Haired Girl February 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm

What a great post!!! The comparison trap is such a sucker, and I’d be lying if I said I don’t fall victim to it – often.

I’m glad that you’ve taken the to time to point out the POSITIVES …. they get forgotten far too easily among all the negativity out there. Thank you for the gentle reminder …. there’s a lot of social media/Internet material thats worth smiling at :)

57 Whitney @LiveRunLoveYoga February 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I love this post! I’m pretty new to blogging and social media…only about 6 months and live a VERY active and busy lifestyle so sometimes it is hard to fit it all in. I also love to disconnect on the weekends too. It can be overwhelming to try to remain true to yourself and now get swept up in the blog world and what others are doing. That said though I have branched out and gone to events I would have never done before or tried new foods that before I didn’t really pay attention too and have meet some great people along the way. Like anything you just have to be who you are and be confident in that.

58 Megan @ Fiterature February 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm

As always, a great post.

I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one that occasionally allows social media to stress me out. Especially Twitter! I cannot keep up some days, and then feel like I am so behind on the conversation. BUT, I have to let it go and do what I can, when I can!

I agree with you all – the positives far outweigh the negatives. I need to find a balance that works for me, and no one else.

59 Samantha February 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm

You bring up such great points, Tina! I struggle with that “comparison trap” all too often. I’m not a super speedy runner, and I find myself getting scared or nervous about speed goals that I have set for myself because, “well if so and so did it, then why can’t you?”

It’s times like that one needs to take a step and re-analyze the relationship with social media. When I take a step back to look at myself, my progress, and how far I’ve come – I lose the “comparison” and immediately redirect back toward my own goals.

But without social media there wouldn’t be so many amazing new people in my life, and I wouldn’t have my outlet (like you said) to talk about my life, my feelings, my fitness, and get that feeling of being held accountable.

It’s truly a fine line!

60 [email protected] February 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I love this! SO true–I’ve seen/felt both the positive and negative sides to social media and fitness. It did help me discover I love to write about it all (yah blogging!), but it can be dangerous if you’re low in self-esteem, feeling alone and like you’re the only one who doesn’t have it all figured out. I try to reach out to all readers so they feel comfortable.

Great post!

61 MCM Mama February 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I love social media for the friendships I’ve made and the support I’ve gotten. I hate social media because I sometimes feel like I don’t measure up. I feel like I *have* to have some major goal that I’m working towards. Sometimes I’d like to just be happy that I’m working out regularly and eating healthy and enjoying my life, but there seems to be pressure to always run farther and faster and always trying to be getting some place new…

62 Amy @ MyLifeasaLazyGirl February 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Through social media I’ve been able to learn more about fitness and be a part of a great community. I wouldn’t have started running if it weren’t from being inspired from blogs like yours (that I found through social media) and others. It definitely has the negative sides. As I’m training for my first 5k I definitely want to run faster and seeing the times other people are running makes me doubt my ability. It makes me wonder what I’m doing wrong and what I’m not doing to be better. I know that I’m running for me and I expect a lot from myself, so it’s hard not to compare to others on social media.

63 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I think it definitely has pros and cons – I’ve met some amazing women through blogging, but then, as you said, I also joined a facebook group for a program I was trying out and it made me feel awful that I didn’t eat only chicken and steamed veggies and workout all day.

64 STUFT Mama February 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Okay, I can pretty much relate to every single thing here. It’s really hard for us moms too as we already struggle finding a balance between ourselves (exercise, time, etc.) and being just in the moment as a mom. I have a love/hate relationship with social media. It’s given me direction and led to opportunities and amazing friends, but it’s also taken away from time to just enjoy the day to day moments that have nothing to do with being on the computer. Wouldn’t it be nice if the social media world just had specific hours in the day? Llike 4 hours a day and then the rest of the day no one would be on the computer marketing, etc.? In a perfect world……

65 Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans February 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I love this! I have found myself caught in the comparison trap due to blogging and it took my a long time (and I am still working on it) to realize that I don’t need to measure up to anyone or anything. As long as I make a real effort to live my best life I am doing better than fine!!! Thanks for starting such a great conversation :)

66 Paige @ Running Around Normal February 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm

What a great topic, Tina! The conference is lucky to have you – whether in person or not.

Like many others, I think it’s both positive and negative. Social media has, for the most part, been a huge source of inspiration and community to me. I’ve never been more excited for health and fitness. However, it’s also easy to fall in that darn comparison trap…

67 KymberlyFunFit February 21, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Many are the days I am so grateful I teach fitness so I have to get up from the computer and work out. I appreciate your well-organized article

68 Diana February 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I think social media has brought a really positive influence in my life – even when I do occasionally fall into the “comparison trap,” I’ll take a step away and think, what am I really jealous of? The feeling of jealousy is negative, but whatever that other person has – a rockin hot bod, cute style, inventive kitchen ideas, stable relationship – those are all good things to aspire towards! I get so much inspiration from social media connections.

69 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) February 22, 2012 at 9:01 am

This is a great post, Tina! That pesky comparison trap is tricky, and I have to check myself every once in a while to make sure I’m staying focused on MY goals, not others’.
And I agree about what anwobderful support environment social media can be. Sometimes I find myself talking about my blog friends and just get a ton of weird looks from people who just don’t get it :)

70 Bodyworks Family Sports Centers February 22, 2012 at 9:06 am

Be smart in using social media tools, it should be an instrument to live healthy. There are several info in the web about living healthy, be cautious to choose the info to follow and it is best to consult your MD who knows your health history.

71 [email protected] February 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm

If you are one of those people who post everything from what you’ve eaten, to the workouts you’ve done/want tot get done, it seems you’re either very confident in yourself, or strive to stick to a goal that voicing your actions will help you achieve. For me, I usually use social media to get inspired by others, rather than to brag or display my fitness routines to the entire internet world. There certainly are pros and cons to social media in terms of fitness and health, but for the most part, the free flow of ideas through a broad spectrum ultimately helps all who consume the information.

72 Dana Udall-Weiner February 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm

What a great post, Tina. I’m very excited to see your video and to meet you virtually. Hopefully we can connect another time in person.

73 [email protected] February 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Social media has become such a big part of our life in today’s world!! I use it to get tips on everything from baking to good work outs. But you’re great, there can be very negative aspects of social media. There is no need to compare yourself to those you see on the internet.

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