Everyone knows social media is a highlight reel of our best and brightest moments. We are constantly comparing our everyday lives to everyone else’s color corrected, photoshopped, posed photos. Photos that only capture a moment, or 30 seconds, of that beach vacation, that fancy dinner, those beautiful flowers your new boyfriend just got you. No one is posting about the pile of clothes at the foot of their bed, or the unwashed dishes from last night’s dinner. It’s obvious as to why Facebook and Instagram make us feel bad about ourselves and for ourselves.

Social media is a tool. The types of accounts you follow affect what you see in the world, and how you see the world. So if you are following those fitness accounts who post sweaty, sexy girls, just stop. These are exactly the still, refined, edited, FAKE pictures I was talking about a few sentences ago. One of the biggest pieces of advice I have is to follow accounts like your own. I’m not talking about that girl you went to highschool with who always likes your pictures three days after you’ve posted them. I’m talking about strong, confident women, with a body type similar to yours, or the one you can achieve. I’m going to let you in on some of my biggest motivational secrets.

Follow accounts that post mostly videos- These accounts aren’t static images of posing girls. They are instructional, they show you that someone just like you can do it too. What’s super important here, is following accounts that have proper form and technique. Yeah, I get that jumping over benches and using battle ropes looks cool, but they can be dangerous if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. So while you’re just getting started on your fitness journey, focus on accounts that show you not only what movements they are doing, but how to do them appropriately. One of the biggest reasons people don’t work out as often as they should is because they go to the gym on Monday, do too much, too fast, and get ridiculously sore.  If you follow the right kinds of accounts on social media, you can gain a basic understanding for what kinds of exercises to do together, and how often to be doing them.

Another big piece of advice when it comes to following accounts- do NOT follow accounts that post a lot of advertisements. Whatever magic pill, protein shake, or fit-tea they are selling does. not. work. These kinds of accounts are not trying to motivate you, they aren’t trying to help you, they just want your money.

In addition to following accounts that post videos, I follow a ton of accounts with motivational quotes. Yes, sometimes they are a bit cheesy. But who doesn’t need to be told, “don’t be a lady, be a legend” every once in awhile. Honesty hour: shifting my content from depression affirming, everything is bad, kind of posts changed my life. It takes a certain degree of grit to get your act together. There is nothing easy about realising that YOU are the only thing holding yourself back, that your own lack of self discipline is the answer to some of the “why me” questions you have been asking. Your wounds are probably not your fault, but your healing is your responsibility. Stop following accounts that make you feel bad about your life. Stop allowing self consciousness to be acceptable. You don’t have to go to the gym everyday, you don’t have to have the perfect diet or the perfect lifestyle. The easiest place to start changing your own life is changing the content you allow yourself to scroll through every single day. Follow accounts that encourage you to boss up. Follow accounts that motivate you. Follow accounts that encourage you to be the best you for you, not for likes.

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