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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.

Breanne Fleat is a writer, peanut butter fanatic, and keen Instagrammer at ProteinPromo. Keep up to date with their latest posts by following the link. And don’t worry, all our professional advice is presented by a qualified exercise scientist!!

Protecting Against Preventable Illnesses

As humans we’re generally pretty robust, but things can still go wrong in a very bad way. Being such complex creatures allows us to do everything we can, however it also means there are so many different things that can stop functioning as they should. There are diseases we can develop or catch, and all kinds of other problems. While you shouldn’t fret about your health, you should still take steps to look after it. By doing so, you avoid all kinds of preventable illnesses and are more likely to go on and live a long happy and healthy life. Here are just a few of the preventable illnesses a proper lifestyle will help you to avoid.

Cancer

With good health care meaning, we’re now living longer than ever, it’s now estimated that one in two people will get cancer in their lifetime. While the majority of these are in much older patients, cancer doesn’t discriminate and affects people of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. Of course, not all cancers are preventable, and many occur seemingly out of the blue and due to nothing that the person has done wrong. However there are an awful lot of cancers caused by lifestyle choices too.

Smoking, drinking too much alcohol, not eating the right foods, even working shift patterns can all contribute to certain cancers. Making a conscious effort to live well and look after our bodies can help to prevent many of these. Eat a diet with plenty of fresh produce, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats to keep it nourished and running like a finely tuned machine. Exercise to keep it lean and strong, protect your skin from the sun and avoid toxins and chemicals as much as possible. You’re never going to be able to be 100% perfect, but taking steps to live in a healthy way will certainly prevent and protect against a wide range of cancers.

Cancer has a devastating effect on lives, once diagnosed you are likely to need radiation therapy and chemotherapy which can be hard on the body. Depending on the type of cancer you might need surgery too, for example, a facial tumor would need to be treated by a specialist such as DrAllison.org. Cervical or ovarian cancer could result in a hysterectomy surgery, or breast cancer, a mastectomy. The key to successfully avoiding certain cancers is to attend all of the screenings you’re invited to. These allow any changes to be picked up early where they’re in the most treatable stages.

Type Two Diabetes

In type two diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin. As a result of this, glucose isn’t utilised by the body as fuel and instead stays in the blood. It causes all kinds of problems, from uncomfortable symptoms to life-changing conditions such as blindness and infections in the feet that can lead to needing amputations. Staying at a healthy weight, eating the right foods and exercise can all help to protect you against type two diabetes. It’s more common in certain groups of people: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. It’s more likely to occur as you get older, and most importantly occurs most in those who are obese. Keeping your weight in check is incredibly important, you can’t change your age or ethnicity but you have control over this so take advantage of that.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, accounting for almost one in four deaths. The scariest thing is, it’s a preventable illness. Heart failure, stroke, angina, cardiac arrest and hypertension are just a few of the illnesses in the category of heart disease. They mainly occur due to fatty deposits in the arteries around the heart. They’re made up of cholesterol and waste substances, and restrict the flow of blood to the heart. Smoking and eating the wrong foods can contribute to this, as well as other diseases such as diabetes. Again, simply living a healthy life where you eat the right foods and do enough exercise are enough to protect you. Give up smoking and look after your body.

Osteoporosis

Once believed to be an inevitable part of growing old, research has now shown that osteoporosis is largely avoidable. Osteoporosis occurs when the bone loses density quicker than it’s replaced. This leads to weak and brittle bones, which can cause painful fractures very easily and in many cases a broken hip which can be fatal. Living healthily throughout your life, ensuring you get enough calcium and regular exercise will help to build up your bones.

Obesity Related Issues

As well as cancers, heart disease and diabetes, there are other obesity related issues that can be completely avoided with a good diet and exercise. Musco-skeletal problems such as back, hip, knee and foot issues can occur when you’re carrying too much weight for your frame. This can be disabling in some cases and create a vicious cycle where you’re unable to exercise and therefore gain more weight.

It can also cause sleep apnea, a condition where you stop breathing periodically in the night. This can lead to disturbed sleep and further health problems, particularly with the heart. It can lead to fertility issues, gallstones, and if you have a negative body image then mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression too. Find an activity you enjoy and stick with it to ensure you’re getting enough exercise. Stick to a food diary to track your macros to stop you from underestimating your food intake. If you have ongoing issues with your weight, try speaking to your GP. They will be able to refer you to a nutritionist or dietician and provide invaluable advice on getting on track.

What’re Your Thoughts

When your body is strong and healthy, you keep it functioning well, and also boost your immune system to give you better defences against disease. Follow common sense health advice, and don’t wait until things start going wrong before making a change!

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Whatever It Is, Stop Putting It Off!

We all know what it’s like. You’ve got that to-do list in front of you, you know what’s on there, you know you shouldn’t wait, but then you come up with some new excuse as to why you can’t possibly do it. You’ll get round to it later! It’s not that urgent! You just don’t have the time! Do these excuses sounds familiar? Everyone does this from time to time but putting off jobs that you could do right now is a pretty foolproof way to end up in trouble. Some things could just end up being inconvenient, but other could end up being genuinely dangerous if you don’t deal with them. So, to help you finally start crossing things off your to-do list, here are some things that you need to stop putting it off until later!

Medical Appointments

This is probably the most common, which is utterly bizarre considering how important it really is. Whether it’s because it’s inconvenient or because you’re afraid to go, it’s incredibly common that people put off medical appointments over and over again. Even if they’re worried about something, many people have a tendency to put it off until it’s so serious they can’t ignore it anymore. Of course, if they’d dealt with it sooner then it would have been much easier to sort out. If you’re feeling nervous or afraid then you should talk to your doctor about it, they’ll often be able to put you at ease, and practices like http://www.dentistrywithtlc.com/ are specifically geared towards those who are afraid of the dentist. Even if it turns out you’re completely fine, at least you’ll be able to put your mind at ease.

Updating Your Resume

Plenty of people find themselves stuck in jobs that they don’t want. But why is that? If people hate their jobs so much why don’t they find something new? Well, a lot of the time it’s because trying to find a new job can be so stressful and difficult at times that they would rather just stick with the bad job that they have. The first step in that process is always making sure that your resume is updated. It’s often the simplest part of the entire process but, because it’s the first step, it’s the one that people are often most reluctant actually to do. Once it’s finished and they’ve sent it off to employers, most people are excited at the idea of interviewing and starting somewhere new. Just set aside a single evening and get it done. It’s not going to take you long, and you’re going to be much happier in the long run once you do.

Getting Your Car Repaired

“I don’t need to take my car to a mechanic yet! It runs just fine!” These are famous last words if ever there were any. Your care might be running “just fine” as far as you can tell but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any underlying problems that could soon result in more serious ones. If you’re lucky, all that will happen is that your car will break down and you’ll need to call a recovery service. But if things go really wrong then there’s a chance you could get into a serious accident. Make sure that you’re taking your car in for a service regularly so that you know for a fact that it really is running just fine.

Getting in Shape

We all feel as though we could be in slightly better shape, but the vast majority of us tend to put it off for years at a time. Constantly saying things like “I’ll start it tomorrow.” Well, tomorrow as arrived, and it’s time to take control of your life and your body. If you want to get into better shape, look better and feel better, then there’s only one way that’s going to happen, hard work and dedication. Once you actually get started, you’re probably going to find that it’s something you enjoy a great deal. Exercise releases a lot of positive endorphins leaving feeling elated after a really great workout.

Saving Money

There’s never a “right time” to start saving money. No matter what, you’re always going to be in a position where you’ve got to be careful about how you’re spending, but many people don’t realise how much they actually spend on average. If you look at it in the cold light of day, you’ll probably realise that, if you cut back on little luxuries here and there then you’d have a lot more money to set aside each month. That way you’re going to be able to give yourself a financial cushion, save for a trip you’ve always wanted, or start putting money aside for your future.

Reconnecting With Someone

Relationships have their ebbs and flows, people come together, and they drift apart, it’s a natural part of life. But if there’s someone in your life that you wish you hadn’t let go of then there’s no reason not to reach out to them. Whatever happened in the past is just that: in the past. If you find your thumb hovering over the “call” button or constantly staring at a blank Facebook message, just reach out to them. The worst that happens is that things stay as they are, in which case you at least get some closure, but there’s always a chance that they’ve been doing exactly the same thing and miss you just as much as you miss them. Life’s too short to spend it holding grudges, so why not take the leap and reach out to someone?

What’re Your Thoughts

Taking risks and starting something is always going to be scary but by putting things off all you do if build them up in your mind until they become far scarier than they really are. By dealing with things straight away, you’ll find yourself feeling much more at ease.

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Mind And Body: The Best Kept Secrets To Your Well-Being

We can all be a little guilty of getting caught up in the rate race of life. Stressed over work deadlines or feeling like we are being stretched beyond capacity. Work and home life merging and feeling guilty for not doing things you want to be doing, or doing them when you think you shouldn’t. It can all be a vicious cycle that can have a detrimental effect on our well-being. But the thing is, if we don’t take care of ourselves then we are less likely to function well in every aspect of our lives. So I thought I would share with you a few of the best kept secrets to your well-being, enabling you to kick start your year on a high.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Freshers Flu: Tips To Avoid Getting Sick While At College

It doesn’t matter if it’s the party the entire quad has been talking about for weeks, a date with that special someone you’ve been crushing on since last semester or the night before a big exam- if you’re sick you’re going nowhere. It’s estimated that a good ten percent of incoming students will fall ill in their first few months on campus; missing out on important seminars and great nights out. However, don’t despair as we’ve got a few hints to avoid getting sick at college!

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Out of Focus, Out of Mind: The Health Areas It’s All Too Easy To Overlook

Fitness and health are the foundations for life. Have these two sorted out, and you can push forward towards any other goal you may have; And for all we think we know about physical health and fitness, a lot of the time we look at just one side of the coin. Sure, we focus a lot on getting enough exercise and having the right diet for fitness. But do we put enough importance on the other side of health? Here’s a rundown on the health areas it’s too easy to overlook.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Breaking The Vicious Circle: How To Stay Fit When Your Health Gets In The Way

Staying fit is important to all of us to a greater or lesser extent. While not everyone goes to the gym or goes running, we all want to be healthy. And while many of us look at a big greasy burger the way a cat looks at a mouse, we know we can’t overindulge. Although obesity statistics are on the up, so is awareness. Note also that the way we record obesity has changed. Here’s how to stay fit when your health gets in the way.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

The Incredible Benefits Of Detoxing The Body

Detox has had a bit of a bashing over the years, mainly due to people selling ‘detox’ products that do very little. And while it’s true that there’s no product you can take that miraculously releases all of the nasties in your body, detoxing is still an incredibly healthy and worthwhile process. When it’s done right that is! The important thing to remember is that the body can detox pretty well by itself, but there are things you can do to give it a helping hand. If you’ve overindulged recently or are just looking to feel lighter and cleaner, here are a few of the benefits of detoxing.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

10 Mistakes Runners Make

Whether you’re a newbie or an elite runner, sometimes running can be hard. You have your running shoes laced up, a killer Spotify playlist ready to go, and determined to conquer a tough workout with many benefits. Your form, mental state, and certain running techniques can set you up for success, but others can take you down a wrong path. Here are ten mistakes runners make.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

3 Tips For Cross Training

A common mistake I see many people make is that they don’t cross-train. I get it; it’s not fun, but it’s super important. For example, if you’re a runner, you obviously need strong legs, but you also need a strong core, strong glutes, and even strong arms. Which is why even though running is great, it shouldn’t be all that you do. Here are my three tips for cross-training without spending hours in the gym.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

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