My Fitness Love Affair with Instagram…

It’s time to come clean,  I’m in love with Instagram (and I’m not ashamed to admit it)…

Let me be honest, it certainly wasn’t love at first sight and I didn’t understand it to begin with, in fact it completely perplexed me. Why on earth did people feel the need to take photographs of their food and post it all over the internet? Why were there endless shots of feet in trainers,  various gym attire and constant streams of porridge bowls topped with, well quite frankly, anything and everything under the sun! My First thought was, how on earth do these people have the time and is there actually anyone out there who wants to see it? The answer in short is yes and I’m now one of them.

I’ve always been into fitness, I literally can’t remember a time when I didn’t do something that was fitness related.  It probably stems from being taken to my local dance class (aged 2) and going on to train as a contemporary dancer, but one thing’s for sure, it was way before it became trendy and “the thing to do”. I’ve always been my own motivator, my own cheerleader, my own fan club, because I’ve only ever done it for me and me alone.

In short, up until now it’s been rather a solitary affair and I’ve always been quite happy with that. None of my best friends are into fitness and as I’ve lived in Wales, Leeds, London and a multitude of houses in my lifetime, my gym membership has changed more times than my knickers (I mean that in the nicest possible way). But Instagram has opened up a whole new angle to my fitness approach, mainly because of the wealth of ideas and inspiration that are out there. There’s a worldwide fitness community  and at  just at the touch of a button, I have access to so many inspiring people to connect with/ learn from and they love the fitness world just as much as I do.

Often, if I’m travelling, people will recommend places to eat, classes to try, all of which were hidden before Instagram connected us (certainly they were not as easy to access). Also,  if I’ve had a cheat day (or two), because it is all about balance after all, Instagram reminds me to stay on track, in fact in forces me to as I know my followers are waiting to see my next food post, just as much as I’m waiting to see theirs.

I know there are many people out there who will completely disagree and I get it – it was me not that long ago because of course, there are the pitfalls too. Lots of people complain about the unrealistic, filtered images that can litter our feeds, but I’m quite happy to take that with a pinch of salt. None of us are perfect – we all know that, lots of us are impressionable, we know that too. But the people I choose to follow inspire me, even though lots of the images are in places I may never visit, with bodies I may never have…

And so the debate continues to rumble on and I’m sure will continue to do so…

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