Social media platforms give a window into the virtual world that can be thought provoking, influencing and in some cases even motivating. While the doomsdayers have a lot of negatives to talk about the platform, but the positives can’t be overlooked either. The social media for sure has been instrumental in breaking stereotypes, especially the one related to beauty. The archaic definition of beauty has been severely challenged with several groups and pages promoting body positivity and a more realistic standard of beauty.
Additionally, social media is influencing people to exercise and eat healthy. Vloggers, bloggers, and Instagram influencers are posting their transformation videos that are encouraging ordinary people to get on with wellness mission. But it’s important not to go astray. If you wish to tread on the right path of health, here are some key takeaways –
Share your fitness journey online
It is an innate tendency amongst humans to seek validation and encouragement from peers and members of one’s social group. Share your wellness and fitness journey online. Posting videos of exercise routine, meals plan and pictures of transformation online can receive a lot of adulation which can be a motivating factor for many. Your journey can also influence others and help you stay focused on your goal.
Follow Instagram/Twitter/Facebook influencers who endorse body positivity
As per a research commissioned by Real Magazine, only 3% women were found to be satisfied with their body type in the UK. A lot of women are insecure about their appearance, but the truth is that we come in all shapes and sizes. And if one is healthy, which means if their vital parameters like diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol are in control one should be happy. While, a few celebrities and platforms are accused of promoting an unhealthy lifestyle in the name of body positivity, it’s a welcome break to see ordinary people being comfortable in their own shoes.
Refrain from impulsive buying
The consumer electronic segment is undergoing an overhaul. There are several appliances and gadgets like water purification systems, fitness bands, smartwatches, weight reduction devices and health monitoring devices that are splashed all over the web and social media platforms. While, consumer appliances like water purification and personalized monitoring devices like blood pressure and sugar calculating machine may be useful, one should determine the usefulness of other devices that are marketed as a necessity. If you are an avid runner, perhaps the purpose of a fitness band may suit your needs. Whatever be the case, refrain from impulsive buying.
Like pages that offer healthy recipes
Diet is the crux of any health mission. If you want to become healthy, it’s important to skip junk food and adopt a more realistic and sustainable meal plan. Having stated that, you should be wary about following a diet regime on social media as most of them are obsessed about counting calories. Remember, the amount of calories a body needs varies from person to person. For instance, if your job requires you to stand for long hours or involve long walks and commute, you have to eat well. Some diet regimes cast Carbohydrate as a real enemy. But the truth of the matter is that, not only carb laden food is bad. The key is to make right dietary choices. Like switching white rice with brown rice, white bread with whole wheat bread, less of processed and packaged food, and finally drinking enough water.