Log onto social media, whether it’s Instagram or TikTok, and you’ll be bombarded with an overload of health advice, wellness trends, and fitness routines. There are so many influencers that look like they have the perfect “fit and healthy” lifestyle by showcasing what they eat in a day, perfectly curated photos, and videos that can basically make you feel like what you’re doing is not enough. What we see on social media is more often more of a highlight reel rather than the reality of what goes on behind the scenes. It’s easy for any fitness influencer to take a gym mirror selfie and look like they have the perfect body, but it’s harder for them to show the breakdowns and hard days it took to get there. It’s easy for nutritionists to talk about “the best diet” but it’s harder to showcase how many failed attempts it took to achieve the “right way” of eating for them. If you don’t take what you see online with a grain of salt and some perspective it’s easy to get caught up in feeling like that you’re doing is simply not enough.
The truth is, when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, there is no right way. Another truth is that every body is different and every person’s needs are different. What may be working for someone else may not be what works for you. Someone else’s morning routine might include waking up bright and early at 5am to start the day but you might be a night owl who doesn’t thrive in the morning. The trap of social media is when we get caught in comparison, thinking that our own way of doing life isn’t good enough and only will measure up to be “successful” if we follow someone else’s.
In this blog post, we are going to explain why it’s so crucial to develop healthy habits that work best for YOU, rather than copying something from someone you see online. At NutraChamps we believe that everyone is capable of being their own version of a champion, and we believe that it looks unique to each person and no one else.
Use Discernment When it Comes to “Health Trends”
Have you ever noticed that every couple of months it seems as though there is a new “health trend?” Some examples of more recent healh trends include swapping sugar for artificial sweeteners, snacking on rice cakes, juice cleanses, and cutting out all fats. While people might make some of these trends sound tempting, they might not actually be healthy or what you need to feel your best. When it comes to diet and health fads, it’s important to use a good level of discernment. What is discernment? It’s the ability to flex your own innate judgement. Nobody knows you better than yourself, that’s why it’s important to always ask yourself the question, “does this work for me and my body or lifestyle?” before diving into a health fad. Trends are trends for a reason, oftentimes they come and go and are not sustainable ways of living. When it comes to health, simplicity and balance has always seemed to work for generations before us. Eating clean, unprocessed, whole foods is a way of life where you really can’t go wrong, no matter who you are.
Set Social Media Boundaries
Do you find yourself spending hours on end in your evenings scrolling through Instagram only to compare yourself with the lives other people are leading? Do you find yourself feeling more depleted rather than inspired when you are online? Is your social media scrolling robbing you of your precious energy? If this is the case then it might be a good idea to reevaluate your relationship with social media and even set some boundaries. Take inventory of the people you are following, do they make you feel good about yourself or bad about yourself? Is the content that you are consuming inspiring you to take personal action that feels aligned or does the advice you’re receiving seem unrealistic and unattainable? A few ways you can action some social media boundaries in your life are the following:
- Unfollow the accounts you no longer resonate with
- Set a scrolling time limit
- Don’t open your phone to social media right when you wake up
- Don’t look at social media as the last thing before you go to bed
Check for Credibility
There are many people online who are giving health advice that may actually be harmful to your health. Since anyone is pretty much able to say and post about anything regarding health online it’s very possible that information can be false or even dangerous. One of the most important things you can do when it comes to using social media for health advice is to make sure that you are receiving information from a credible source. Oftentimes licensed naturopaths, functional medicine practitioners, and doctors will only share information that has been studied and proven. While many people may share personal experiences and health advice that has worked for them, it may not actually work for you. Health is complex and individuals are complex. Always make sure to do your due diligence before implementing a new diet, workout, supplement, or healthcare regime into your life. Ask around, read books, and consult your healthcare provider.
Don’t follow the crowd, pave your own way
As we mentioned earlier in this article, you are the one who truly knows your body the best. After all, you’ve lived in it your entire life. Most of the time we intuitively know what we need to feel like the best version of ourselves. We innately know what makes us feel good and alive and what makes us feel lethargic and depleted. When it comes to creating a routine, diet, or exercise regiment for your life, don’t follow the crowd, pave your own way and find what works for you. Getting inspiration is not a bad thing but just remember to take everything with a grain of salt and know that your body is your best teacher, so listen to it!