Social media has catapulted a new wave of fitness gurus into the spotlight, launching global cult followings of trendy new workouts… and the key to success? Being part of an online, virtual community of like-minded followers all looking to achieve their goals! Being able to stay motivated and find support is now as simple as flicking through the apps on your phone.
You might be asking yourself – how? With modern lifestyles being busy and demanding, it’s not always easy to find the motivation to get up that extra hour earlier or go to the gym instead of putting your feet up at the end of a long day. It certainly isn’t always going to be easy and convenient to find a partner to workout with or to motivate you to keep going. Social media might potentially provide an alternative workout buddy for you.
A quick scroll through Instagram and you will see a slew of accounts dedicated to people from around the world looking to lose weight and get in shape as their 2016 resolutions. Look a little bit closer, and you will find niche communities of people dedicated to all the biggest fitness crazes; crossfit, iron man, Ninja Warrior – they are all there.
Some of these communities have even gone one step further. Instagram sensation Kayla Itsines has sparked global member-run meet-ups, where people meet to worship at the altar of her fitness guides. Globally, fitness challenges will start and members post their progress snaps along the way. Members of these online communities encourage and celebrate what pride, something which may previously have been wrongly labelled as vanity.
1. Find your niche – if you’re into exercising at a gym, why not check out these personal trainers in London? If you want to try something new and you’re not quite sure what that is, search ‘exercise classes near me’ for inspiration to get the blood flowing in 2016.
2. Find your people – even if you aren’t the kind of person to post 20 gym selfies a day, you’ll appreciate the motivation of being able to check in with your community – even if to only give the thumbs-up that you’ve completed your workout for the day. You’ll also find tons of inspiration for nutrition ideas, new workout challenges and local meet-ups.
3. Document! Take some before pictures or make a note of where you’ve started, whether you’re losing weight, building muscle or training for an event. You may not want to shout about it now, but you’ll appreciate being able to sit back and admire your hard work when you reach your goals.
4. Get online! You might not want to post on your Facebook with your boss and second cousin lurking, but why not try Instagram, Snapchat and Pinterest? Don’t be afraid to have an opinion and to share your thoughts. Use those hashtags and build yourself a support group.
Whatever your fitness goals are for 2016, there is certainly more than one way to skin a cat! Why not try joining the global fitness community and reach your milestones with a world full of support?