This statement and all the variations of this statement that you can find plastered all over social media, drive me NUTS. I’m not sure when it became acceptable for people to post passive aggressive Facebook statuses about their room mates music volume, or to instagram pictures of what they bought when they went toiletry shopping; and I sure as hell don’t know why those things are acceptable but posting updates about fitness routines aren’t. I often see people referring to those of us who choose to share our fitness goals and progress as ‘show offs’. Well, yeah, duh. I’m showing off because running 4 miles at 5am when you’re 5’3 and weigh 200 pounds is hard work, and I’m damn proud that I got out there and did it. It took me a long time to lose enough weight and build up my fitness to the point that I could get out there and run, and I think that’s something to be celebrated.
I truly believe that social media can quickly turn into a horrid beast if you don’t use it wisely. You have a choice to put positivity or negativity into the world. Tweeting a run that I’m proud of has the potential to inspire somebody else to get out there and work out. What does your tweet complaining about active people achieve? People seem to forget that what they put on social media reflects back on them. Post a bitter or condescending update? Guess what people are going to think about you?
I’m well aware of the irony of this post, but it’s something that has been building up inside of me and if I don’t let it out I might just explode! Come on now guys. Let’s champion each others achievements, be proud and encouraging rather than belittling and speaking in spite. At the very least, you keep quiet about my fitness posts, and I’ll keep quiet about your 300th selfie of the month 😛