There’s a trend I am seeing in this social media obsessed world. People spend a lot of time and effort letting the world know how healthy they’re being. Whenever someone hits the gym or goes for a run or picks the salad for lunch, they blast all their followers to let them know. Of course, it can be inspiring. But healthy living doesn’t have to be about virtue signaling; it can be a graceful and personal pursuit.
Here’s the thing: I can see the benefit of sharing the positive choices you’re making. It makes you proud, and maybe sharing even helps hold you accountable. But I think the major downside is that it creates pressure for yourself and others and offers an unrealistic view of fitness and health. Someone browsing instagram might think to be healthy you need to head to Equinox in the latest Lululemon gear. Sure it makes a great picture, but it gives the impression that fitness is cute and perfect and inaccessible to normal people.
I’m not trying to be the Instagram police. Share what you want to share. We’re all guilty of trying cultivate the best version of ourselves for social media. I’m just trying to tell people that the image of healthy living you see online isn’t necessarily the reality. Take pride in the personal wins. Go for a walk. If you have to stop for fast food, make the best choice you can. Don’t feel like you’re failing just because your life wouldn’t rack up the likes on social media.