4 Ways Social Media Might Be Destroying Your Fitness Goals & How You Can Prevent It

1) SM might be causing you to have a negative comparison mindset

We all have to be honest here, SM can be depressing. Have you ever finished a workout and then looked on SM and there's someone with perfect abs and they just posted about finishing their 3rd workout for the day? I know I've been there. Suddenly you feel a wave of emotions flood your body and you just want to find comfort in a carton of ice cream and give up. We have to make sure we are guarded with thoughts like this controlling our actions. One of my favorite tips is to not look at SM 30 minutes before or after a workout.  

2) SM might be causing paralysis by over analysis in your life 

As we scroll through SM we are bombarded with different plans and diets. From at home systems to group exercise classes at local gyms. If we are not careful we can become paralyzed by over analyzing the different plans. I encourage you to find a few key people you allow to help guide your fitness goals. 

3) SM might be stealing your sleep 

One of the most important fundamentals of healthy living is rest, and SM can steal this precious commodity easily. It's easy to find yourself getting ready for bed, reach over, put your phone on the charger and then just take one last look at SM. And sometimes that last look causes our minds to get worked back up for a while. It might be thinking about tomorrow's events, or worrying about what someone said on one of your posts, or even that you feel like your life is adding no value because it looks like everyone else is doing such incredible things. It's crucial for us to get a proper night sleep to be able to give the next day our 100%. So have set a rule that there is no SM in your bedroom. This is going to be difficult but you will definitely reap better sleep from this habit.  

4) SM might be distracting your attention from your workouts

I think most of us are guilty here. Maybe it's a break in our workout and we just scroll through the SM feed. Then we find ourselves out of the zone and not interesting in giving our workout our all. One of the best tips I can give you is to practice being mindful where you are. When you're in the gym or exercising at home be there, when you're at your job cut out the distractions and work effectively without SM alerts ringing in your ear, while you're driving put your phone away! Commit with me to live each day in control of our minds, and not controlled by our desire to check the latest post on SM.

I pray this blessed your life and I hope you put these tips into action!

God Bless!

Cody

 

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