Training

It’s A Long Summer Run Ahead

Getting out and about and exercising during the summer months is so rewarding. We get nicer weather to make the most of, longer days to utilize and everybody tends to feel a lot happier about themselves. It’s a one-way ticket to success if you start your workout regime at this time of the year, but few people tend to see that. They stick with the idea that starting off at the gym and getting fit and healthy in January is the way to go. Who wants to push their body to the limits in the cold when you’ve got the option of embracing nature and the outdoors when the temperature starts to rise?

Make The Most Of The Weather

We get summer for a few months each year. There are places all around the world that are lucky enough to have it almost all year round, but for the majority of us, we are stuck with the seasons. And who can begrudge that? It offers variety to our training regime and ensures that we are not bored on a day to day basis.

We see different things when we are out running and it gives s the chance to get creative with our routes. Stick to the same thing every single day, and you’ll soon begrudge the reason that you’re running and grow complacent and bored with what you’re doing. While the weather is fair and you can get the most out of your days, try and extend your running path a little further each time. Most marathons and training events happen over the summer, so entering yourself for one at the start of summer to complete at the end is a perfect goal to aim for.

Remember To Fuel Your Body

It’s easy to forget just how much more water your body needs when it’s warmer than it does compared to the colder months. It’s also easy to forget that you need to switch up your foods to cater for the fact that your body will naturally burn more calories in warmer weather.

If you are looking to run for weight loss rather than fitness; then supplement with something like Royal 21 Queen and ensure that you are eating a balanced diet. However, if it’s solely for fitness, then you need to make sure that you are taking care of your body in the way it needs to be taken care of. Eating the right food for your body is like fuelling a car; if you are running on gas, it’s silly to put diesel into it. It won’t work.

It’s the same with what you eat before a big run. If you are eating a lot of the wrong foods, your body won’t work in the way that you want it to. You need complex carbohydrates to give you a slow release of energy throughout. Make sure that you have drunk plenty before you set off if you are averse to carrying water around with you. Think about the treats that you can have after your run – the healthy eating binge doesn’t have to last forever!

Take Note Of Your Statistics

If you have a smartwatch such as a FitBit, it’s easy to keep track of how many calories you are burning, what your pulse rate is like throughout your run and how far you have traveled. It’s a good idea to take a note of these statistics and have them on file. There are a few reasons for this.

The first is that it’s a real motivation for you to see how far you’ve come from the start of the summer to the end. It’s a great feeling to look down and see that you’ve burned X amount of calories as well as running X amount of distance.

The second is to be able to gauge how many calories you are burning over a period of time to be able to fuel yourself efficiently.

The third is to notice any anomalies in what you are doing and bring them to attention. If you have noticed that your heart rate is deviating from the norm after you have reached a plateau, or are seeing that you’re not running somewhere as fast as you were and reached your destination in a time that reflects the amount of work that you’ve put into your training, it may be time to seek the help of a professional.

Even if it’s just a false alarm, it’s still a good idea to get checked over to ensure that you are doing everything right and there’s not something happening within your body. This can be harder to pick up on in colder months as your body has to continually adapt to the temperature outside and takes longer to warm up. Use the summer months as your motivation to finding out the cause of a problem, if there are any.

Get Social, Pick A Buddy!

The tremendous thing about running in the summer is that you will have people who are willing to do it with you. Whether they’re novices or advanced in their field, running with a partner in tow can do wonders for your motivation – and theirs. Remember to take it at a pace that suits the both of you, or pair up with other people who are on their level if they are uncertain that they’ll be able to keep up at all.

We all had to start somewhere, and it bodes well to humble yourself and remember that when trying to introduce other people to a sport that you may well be a whizz at. It takes a certain amount of dedication, a pinch of time and a whole lot of luck and talent to be exquisite at something, so nurture the person who decides to take this step and support them on their journey. If they don’t like it, don’t worry – it’s summer, and you are totally free to do what you want!

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

5 Simple Ways to Get Your Beach Body

We all want to look fabulous in our bikinis and swim costumes, but how do we do it? Sometimes it can be hard to maintain a rigorous diet, especially if you have a busy schedule to work around. No more confusion, because here are just a few simple tips on how to get that sexy body for this summer.

Walk Instead of Driving

Not only is it good for you physically, but the mental benefits are fantastic too. A few moments of fresh air is great for the brain and helps you to clear your head. It gives you a chance to think things through like ‘what holiday do I want this year?’ Or ‘where do I see myself in 10 years?’. If you’re walking with someone, it’s even better. This gives you time to socialize, instead of having the pressure of driving to ruin it. So next time you need to pop down to the corner shop, think about walking instead.

Get Down to the Gym

Working out at the gym at least 4 times a week, for one hour, is a fantastic way to get into shape. Not only is it good for your body, but it’s great for your mental wellbeing. It gets your brain stimulated and pumped up for the day ahead! If you’re just starting, take it easy. Whether it’s doing cardio or muscles, keep it at a steady pace for the first few weeks. Even if you’re unable to go to the gym for the day, slot some time in to do some exercise at home. A portable sit-up bench from an online store, such as Sportzbits would do just the trick.

Eat Breakfast Every Day

Start your day off properly and enjoy a healthy breakfast. You know that myth about it being the most important meal of the day? Well, that’s true. Eating breakfast stops you from snacking, and it makes you less hungry, which means you eat smaller sized meals throughout the day.

Cut Back on Fatty Foods

We can all agree that’s it tempting to eat that chocolate bar over the healthier options, but at the end of the day, it may taste better, but it’s not helping us to lose weight. Also, instead of eating a takeaway, try experimenting with more healthy foods in the kitchen. Not only does it save you money, but it’s a fun, new hobby to get involved with. There are tons of blogs dedicated to healthy and unique dishes, for example, Sprouted Kitchen to get you on the right track.

Set Goals

Lastly, be realistic with yourself and set goals. Losing weight or toning your body won’t happen overnight. Buy a calendar or a diary to keep track of what you are doing to achieve your beach body and keep working towards it. You could even use websites such as, MyFitnessPal which keep track of your calories and help you to follow a particular diet. Have a fitness buddy too! You and your friend/partner could set goals together and work as a team.

Follow these steps, and you’ll be well on your way to looking good for this summer!

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

The Struggle Of Staying Healthy

No one embarks on a fitness program with the view that they’ll ever end up back where they started; which is part of the struggle of staying healthy. You take a breath and begin counting calories, eating healthily, or start a gym routine and when you do it you do it with the best intentions. Than watch the pounds fall off and the inches shrink away all due to your hard work and determination. You eat better than ever and you finally make it to goal weight.

Once you get to goal weight, you must adjust your currently weight loss lifestyle to suit one of maintenance and that’s where most people slip up and fall. Getting healthy is one thing, staying healthy? That’s a big struggle. It’s not because you don’t want to keep up the lifestyle you’ve achieved, but it’s a transition from losing weight to maintenance and reverting to old habits can seem so easy! Whether you’ve achieved your goal by yourself at home, or you’ve achieved your goal with the help of a weight loss clinic, it isn’t easy to stay at that goal weight and it takes a lot more grit than losing the weight in the first place. With these tips, you can keep the weight off and enjoy life as much as you always have at your goal weight:

Remember the Changes

The key to keeping the weight off and staying at your ideal weight is down to the long-term changes you make. The changes you made with your food need to stay the same or as close as possible. By sticking to lower calories and upping your protein intake, you can feel fuller for longer and be less likely to snack throughout the day.

Planning is Key

Planning your meals and sticking to that plan is going to help you maintain healthier eating habits. This includes eating out and family events that involve food – plan for those meals out so that you can make informed decisions. There’s no reason you can’t enjoy a night out with your friends – if you stick to your plan you can be happy and comfortable.

Keep up the Activity

Your exercise routine may have been vigorous while you’ve been losing the weight so scale back slightly and change up your routine. Instead of working out seven days a week, aim for five instead!

Support will always help. Talk to your doctor, your friends and your family about your weight loss and your maintenance goals. You need to have the right support to maintain how well you’ve done.

Ultimately, your health is going to depend on your level of willpower and your ability to stick with your new, healthy habits instead of thinking that just because you’ve reached your goal, you’ll be able to keep your new health and fitness with pizza! Reverting to old habits will also revert you back to that mental health state you were in before you embarked on your fitness journey. Don’t go back there, stay focused and stay healthy.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Kick-Start Your Fitness Plan The Right Way

Every day, countless people around the world resolve to finally drop all the excuses, and start exercising in a more regimented and efficient way. If you want to build muscle or improve your overall fitness, you need to have a clear idea of what you’re getting into, and avoid overextending yourself or taking things too slow. Here are some of the most important tips for anyone who’s taking their first steps into a more healthy, active life.

Take Things Slow

It’s completely understandable that you’ll be spurred and encouraged to push yourself to your limits, and jump right into a grueling, Rocky-esque exercise regimen, getting vigorous exercise in five or even seven days a week. It’s good to be ambitious, but if you take this approach, you can easily end up biting off more than you can chew, and bringing a disaster down on your head before you’ve even had the chance to see any changes. Begin at the beginning. Start slow and build up your exercise regimen gradually, seeing how your body reacts to each change. 30 minutes a day 2-3 days a week is a great starting point for anyone who’s new to organized fitness. Remember, you’ll be doing more than a lot of other people!

Remember to Eat Well

Eating well outside of the gym is absolutely essential to support the progress you’ll make inside of it. Sure, you may be absolutely smashing it at the gym. However, if you’re not paying attention to what you eat, you’ll be holding yourself back from those overarching goals. The most important things to have before your workout are carbs, and fast-absorbing protein. You may also want to consider supplements and auxiliary products. Look into the best supplements for runners if you’re looking to improve your general fitness, or products such as BCAAS and Beta Alanine for building muscle. Before you order any of these things in bulk, make sure you’re talking to someone who’s a little more experienced in your chosen area than you. Supplements can be incredible for helping you along towards your fitness goals, but they need to be balanced with the right amount and the right kind of exercise.

Mix up Your Routine

It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to bulk up or simply shed some pounds, mixing up your exercise regimen is absolutely essential, especially for people who are just starting out and having to drag themselves out of the house before every session. Even within the categories of strength and aerobic training, you shouldn’t simply stick to the exercises you prefer every day. If you go for a run at the same pace around the same block every day, it will quickly become boring, which will make it harder and harder to find the self-discipline it takes to actually get out there and keep at it. Try getting the same benefits from an elliptical workout, a cycle around the block, or practicing your tennis serve. You’re more likely to stick to something you have fun doing, so don’t bore yourself into giving up!

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Guest Post: 5 Mistakes To Avoid When You Start Exercising

The typical person will begin a workout regimen and stop within six months. The new dieter, on average, doesn’t make it beyond two weeks. The reason is they didn’t see enough results to keep them mentally engaged. When considering the physical body, it is important to be mentally prepared too. It’s a mind over matter thing for those who want to get in shape. Here are five common reasons why people fail at their workout and weight loss journey.

#1 Setting Unrealistic Goals

Have you ever seen someone running a race? There are those who start off with a bang, but they run out of steam half way through. Then there are others that pace themselves throughout the whole journey. The ones who are pacing themselves have learned a thing or two about endurance. They understand that it doesn’t mean anything to make record time on the first lap if you cannot finish the last one. Remember the old saying “slow and steady wins the race?”

Many people start off their journey by doing too much, too quick. They push their bodies far beyond its limit. They expect to have a serious workout and lose 25 pounds in the first week. Things just don’t work that way. It takes time and consistency to be successful. The frequency of the workouts and the intensity is very important. Don’t overestimate your goals. Start slow and increase your time and exercises over a well spanned time frame.

#2 Being Too Easily Distracted

When exercising in your own home, it is easy to be distracted from everything else that is going on. The kids need food, the laundry needs put in the dryer, and you are tired after a long day of work. Sure, exercising at home has its benefits, but it also has the potential for some major distractions. Plan your workouts when you have alone time. You will be far less distracted and able to focus on you.

#3 Doing the Wrong Type of Workout

Most people come up with their own workout based on watching someone else. It can be a person at the gym or one on television. The exercises that you select will directly affect your outcome. Write down your goals and what you hope to accomplish on this journey. Speaking to a personal trainer can help give you insight on the exercises that will get you where you want to be. A trainer can tweak your workout for your body and weight loss goals.

#4 Underestimating Your Eating

Working out and your diet goes hand-in-hand. Do you count calories or do you think that working out should burn whatever you want to eat that day? Many people are in complete denial about what they are putting in their mouth. The quality of calories consumed can hinder your workout and weight loss. Keep it real, and write things down. A food diary is a great way to make sure you are getting the right types of foods in the correct quantities. Calorie counter apps are great for tracking both weight loss and exercise progress.

#5 All Quantity, No Quality

If you go to the gym, take a look at all the people that are getting a quality workout. What is really amazing is the number of people who are just wandering aimlessly around. They may be reading a book while walking at a snail’s pace on the treadmill. Many lift weights that are so light that they look bored. Some go to the gym to exercise out of habit. However, they are on automatic pilot. Ask yourself what you want to get out of your workout. If you want to get good results, then you will need to do some serious exercise. Enjoy your workout time and have some fun. If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, you won’t be able to force yourself to do it for long.

Changing Your Mindset

Working out can be an adventure. To keep yourself in check, make a goal list and upgrade your goals periodically. Once you reach a milestone, pat yourself on the back and set a new one. With dedication and a great mindset, you can have an amazing body in no time. This journey starts in the mind before it ever involves the body.

Protecting Your Body From The Perils Of Training

Exercise is undoubtedly hugely beneficial for your body, but it often presents risks. If you’re starting a workout regime or you train on a regular basis, it’s always important to keep an eye on your body and to do everything possible to protect it from harm. Exercising can turn into you a confident, strong, and fit person, but it can also make you vulnerable to certain illnesses and injuries. Here are some tips to help you protect yourself from the perils of training.

Avoiding Injury

When you play sport, there’s often an element of risk involved. Although it’s not always possible to avoid injury, there are often steps you can take to minimize the risk and keep yourself safe.

Warming up and Cooling Down

Your body needs to be ready for action before you start putting it through its paces. If you jump straight into a session, you could end up with injuries like pulled and torn muscles, and ligament damage. Before you begin any session, include a 5 or 10-minute warm-up. Get your heart rate going, and stretch. After you’ve finished, take time to bring your heart rate down gradually, and stretch out your muscles. This will help to prevent faintness and dizziness, and keep aching muscles at bay the day after.

Perfecting Your Technique

Technique is really important to achieve the best results, but it’s also essential for your health and safety. If you’re doing something wrong, there’s almost always a greater risk of injury. If you’re lifting weights, for example, you need to make sure that your spine is in the right position, and that you’re using the power in your legs to lift. If you don’t lift correctly, this is going to increase pressure on your back, and it could lead to very serious complications.

Equipment Safety and Hygiene

When you’re training, no matter what kind of activity you choose, it’s essential to use the right equipment and adopt good hygiene habits to prevent illness and injury. If you’re boxing, wear a helmet and wrist guards. If you’re swimming, wear a protective sock if you’re worried about verrucas and you haven’t been to a doctor to ask about treatment to remove warts. If you’re playing cricket, make sure you have the right pads on before you practice batting. If you’re at the gym, wipe down the machines before and after you use them. If you’re climbing, check the condition of the harness before you venture up the wall.

Keeping Your Body Fuelled and Hydrated

Many people exercise to lose weight, and they assume that they need to eat less to achieve this goal. When you’re training, your body is burning calories, so you actually need to increase your intake. If you don’t fuel your body, it won’t be able to perform properly. Try and eat at least an hour before you work out, and keep your body hydrated at all times. When you exercise, your body loses fluid through sweat.

When you hear people talking about exercise, you often come across them extolling the virtues of a workout regime. There are so many benefits to be enjoyed, but there are also risks. Hopefully, this guide will help you get the most out of your sessions without putting your health on the line.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Guest Post: Why Cycling is One of the Best Ways to Lose Weight and Stay Fit

The way we live today – with access to plenty of ways to work out, and not enough time or patience to do so – most of us carry at least some weight we could afford to lose. Extra weight, an inadequate diet and a sedentary lifestyle can cause many health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and back problems. That’s more than enough to starting working on yourself straight away. Even if you don’t have any overt health troubles, once you lose those extra pounds you will be surprised at how much more energetic you will feel.

Why Cycling?

One of the main impediments many people face when trying to lose weight is boredom and lack of patience. Because physical activity requires us to invest energy, we often feel lazy and unwilling to even start. When we finally decide to do something about it, we expect instant results because of our effort. Unfortunately, things don’t really work that way. While some exercise is certainly always better than none, this still doesn’t mean that the results will be visible immediately. And because we need to put in long term effort to see long term results, it’s crucial that we choose something we truly enjoy, such as cycling. Cycling can also be done with a friend or an exercise partner – it’s a great way to do something good for your health and enjoy someone’s company at the same time.

What Are the Benefits of Cycling?

Health benefits of cycling are numerous. It is an excellent cardio exercise, which is essential, because the American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate cardio per week. It’s also great for your muscles, bowels, and overall health. On the practical side of things, cycling beats just about any other form of exercise. Why? Because it doubles as a means of transport. The easiest and most practical way to start losing that extra weight is to drive your bike to work and use it to run errands. You will be getting fit while at the same time saving fuel money and doing your share for the environment – sounds like an overall brilliant plan, right? And when the weather is bad, there’s always indoor cycling.

How to Get Started

Your first step, naturally, is to choose a bike that will suit your needs. New models, such as the Bosch ebike, can be the right choice for beginners, as they have adjustable levels of pedal assistance. That way, you can start out with more help from the electric motor, and tone it down as your fitness levels increase. Choose flatter, but interesting routes to begin with. If weight loss is your ultimate goal, you might also need to modify your diet. The most difficult part is calibrating your calorie intake and finding the balance, so that you lose weight but retain muscles. The first things you should cut from your diet are alcohol, fat, and unhealthy, processed foods. Protein is essential for gaining muscles, so your intake of it shouldn’t be reduced. Be careful with carb reductions too – while you can lower your carb intake to some extent, remember that they are your main source of energy, and you need them to have strength for the intense trainings.

Cycling is one of the most fun and satisfying ways to lose weight and get in shape. Once you invest in a quality bike, it won’t cost you much, and there’s also the added benefit of spending time in the fresh air. Just slather on some sunscreen, choose a scenic route, and you’re off on your path to excellent health and a killer body.

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Non-Running Exercises That’ll Make You Run Faster

A lot of amateur runners think that if they just run further or more often that they will improve their mile time. Unfortunately, they eventually hit a plateau, and no matter how hard they train, they can’t break through it and continue improving. The problem with this state of affairs is that it can sap motivation and lead to despair.

The good news is that you can improve your mile time. You just need to stop running and try something else. Here are some non-running exercises that’ll help you run faster.

Up Your Game With Rowing

To get better, our bodies need to be challenged in new and unusual ways. The problem for most runners is that they don’t challenge their cardiovascular system and instead run at the same pace during all their training sessions.

One way to mix up cardiovascular training is to try something different. According to https://bodygearguide.com/best-rowing-machine-reviews/ rowing machines are a great way to prepare for a triathlon. Why? Because they help to tax the cardiovascular system in different ways to regular jogging. While your body is trained to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your legs, it’s less used to providing the same level of service to your back muscles and arms. Forcing your body to adapt to rowing will help when you next go out for a run. Don’t be surprised if you find your mile time coming down.

Single-Leg Squat

When you think about it, running is actually a series of single-legged jumps, one after the other. These jumps put tremendous strain on your knee joints and leg muscles. But despite this, many runners never bother to train their legs. In so doing, they put themselves at risk of injury and cause themselves to have slower mile times.

Single-legged squats are a great way to train for running says http://www.runnersworld.com. Not only do they improve the strength of the knee joint and leg muscles, but they also help the body balance itself biomechanically. Runners who aren’t biomechanically balanced or strong enough often run in a sub-optimal way to compensate. Strengthening the legs can help  prevent suboptimal gaits and make your mile times faster.

Foam Roller Pectoral Stretch

The upper body is one of the most overlooked regions of the body for runners. But it turns out that the trunk region, as well as the upper chest, are critical when stabilizing a runner in motion.

The upper body is important for another reason too: breathing. A stiff upper body that lacks strength can lead to reduced muscle function, low lung capacity and slouching. All these issues can then result in further running issues down the road.

Doing a pectoral stretch on the foam roller can help to reverse these problems and expand the chest area. Opening up the chest helps to stretch out the chest muscle, reducing the amount of rounding in the upper back.

Stretching out the thoracic is helpful too. To do this, lie with your back on the floor and put the foam roller under your lower back. You’ll notice a stretch in your core muscles.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

The New Reebok Harmony Road Running Shoe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Reebok. All opinions are 100% mine. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

When it comes to running shoes, I’m beyond picky. The right running shoe can help prevent you from various aches and pains. Like shin splints, plantar fasciitis, black toenails, etc. It can also weigh you down, change your footstrike, and lessen the impact of whatever surface you may be running on. Whether you’re a walker or a runner, you only have one pair of feet, and you need to take care of them. Which means paying attention to the shoes you put on them, here’s why I’m loving the Reebok Harmony Road Running Shoe.
Growing up, the importance of properly fitting shoes was always stressed to me. When I became heavily involved in running, it amplified even more, but I understand why. They’re the first thing to lessen the impact while running, but if they’re not right can cause an injury. I mean everywhere you go, your feet take you there, and since it’s the only feet you get; you need to take care of them. Thankfully Reebok has taken this all into consideration when designing their latest running shoe.

Reebok has always kind of been an underdog in running shoes. Many overlook them, but I’ve yet to try a pair that I didn’t love. My first pair of shoes that were only for running – back eight years ago – were Reebok, and it’s the brand I find myself go back to here and there. So when Reebok was looking for runners to try out their new Harmony Road Running Shoe, I was excited to see what they had come up with.

I’ve been testing out the shoes for about a week now, and I’m thrilled with them. I’m picky about my shoes, and even more so when they’re “road” shoes. They’re typically like cement blocks, and prevent your ankle from moving naturally. Something I learned the hard way when I stressed fractured my ankle a couple of years ago. Since I’m breaking them in, I’m wearing them most of the day, and can honestly say they’re one of the most comfortable running shoes I’ve had in a long time.

They’re super lightweight, have plenty of cushion with a shock-absorbing midsole, and have a sturdy outsole. Since they help stabilize and balance your foot, they’re perfect for the trail. Plus because of how light they are they’re great for fast intervals on the track.

The Harmony Road Running Shoe is super comfortable is because of how it’s made. The shoe is made from a synthetic mesh making it breathable, and the SmoothFuse upper is lightweight and won’t cause irritation. The midsole has a Kooshlan TPU foam that helps absorb shock and creates a more natural movement. Plus as you can tell in the picture above, they have a low-cut design allowing your ankles to move naturally, instead of restricting them.

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If you’re an avid Runner’s World reader like me, then you may have seen them named as one of Runner’s World 2017 Best Debut. It’s not hard to see why. The most important part of a running shoe is how it helps you run. The sole of the shoe is super flexible helping it to flex with your foot instead of against it. Making the transition from heel to toe nice and smooth, and more importantly; very natural.

If you’re looking for a natural ride running shoe that will hold up on the trail or the road and can be worn on the track. The Reebok Harmony Running Shoe might just be for you. To learn more and buy click here

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Is Social Media Beneficial Or Harmful When Working Towards A Fitness Goal?

Social media is so interwoven into the fabric of our everyday lives that it’s hard to imagine a time without it. Many have taken to these networks to share snippets of their daily routines, and to show off successes and progress. The fitness community on social media is wide-reaching, with a hefty number of diet and wellness pages/profiles to follow.

You may also notice friends posting gym pictures or photographs of their healthy meals for others to see and like. On top of that, many fitness apps even come with an option to sync or share progress on social media.

All this can make you pretty excited to start using these platforms in similar ways, or might urge you to follow some advice-filled accounts for tips and tricks. But is social media really beneficial for you when you’re working towards a fitness goal? Let’s look at the pros and the cons.

The Pros

It’s Good Motivation
Being surrounded by hundreds or even thousands of people aiming for the same thing as you can make you feel incredible motivated. You’ll find people with your body type, people who face the same struggles as you, and people who will keep you going when you feel like giving up. Sometimes, posting your goals and progress on social networking sites may even help you stick to them.

You Have Access to a Sea of Information
There is endless data available through social media. You can find products, diet plans, exercise routines, and excellent advice that can really help you achieve more during your fitness journey. Best of all, it’s completely free. You can follow a personal trainer on Instagram and watch videos of his workouts without needing to pay for his services. And in all honesty, that’s pretty neat!

You Become Part of a Community
Being part of a health-driven community means that you’ll never be short of people to turn to, discuss ideas with, and get personalized advice from. You may even gain a few workout buddies! Yes, there are bad seeds in every group, but you’ll ultimately find like-minded acquaintances who can encourage you to grow while you, in turn, encourage them. There’s no better feeling!

The Cons

Anyone and Everyone Can Share “Advice”
The number of “bloggers” and “fitness gurus” who are actually just out to make a quick buck or gain some fame can make finding good people to follow a tricky task. Many may offer terrible advice and get you off to the wrong start. Keep in mind that even the best of fitness personalities may sell out once in a while and promote a fad diet or an expensive product that makes ridiculous claims and promises. Avoid the fraudsters and check for qualifications. Legit bloggers and gurus will be more than welcome to share their qualifications and achievements with you.

It’s Not All Real
A social media picture, perfectly framed and shot so as to show someone’s best angles and finished off with a caption followed by tens upon tens of hashtags, isn’t a good representation of real life. It’s a photograph taken out of context. It presents these fitness gurus as something more than human with a perfect lifestyle and all the free time in the world to burn off that many calories per day. Only the most flattering snapshots are shared, and it can make you feel like you’re just not good enough or making progress as fast as you should.

You Could do it For The Wrong Reasons
Seeing other people progressing faster than you, or going on a more difficult regimen than you’re on, can really get you thinking. You could start feeling jealous, or suspect that the grass is greener on the other side, and try to imitate or catch up with your peers. In reality, you should be attempting a healthy lifestyle for no one else but yourself.

Conclusion

So, is social media any good at all when you’re trying to get fit? The honest answer is that it depends on how you use it. Social media is a tool, and if you harness it right, you’ll be able to use it effectively and to your advantage.

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