Probably one of the most important blog posts that I’ve written, and I think this is something that needs to be said. Along with the fitness lifestyle comes the association that those who dedicate themselves to living this way, are self-centered, self-obsessed, and vain. Here’s why this simply isn’t the case.
First of all, I feel that there are far worse things that someone can dedicate their time to, and a healthy lifestyle is by no means one! This lifestyle is seriously misunderstood, and although it may appear that going to the gym frequently, being mindful of what you eat, and generally investing time in your own health and wellbeing, is ‘self-obsessed’, I question if this really is the case? Arguably, a healthy lifestyle is time-consuming and requires a degree of focus, but I don’t feel this warrants a person being considered ‘self-obsessed’ for trying to become a better version of themself. This to me is a fault in our society, that we feel the need to comment on another’s healthy lifestyle just because it is different to our own.
Having taken my fitness and health seriously in the past two years I have seen first-hand the benefits it can bring to your life, not only do you feel physically energised, stronger, and fitter, but I feel this way of life does wonders for your mental health. Exercise is a proven way to help better manage stress levels, it can also act as a distraction from anxious feelings as during your workout you are essentially practicing mindfulness by focusing on the present and forgetting about any worries.
However, in truth, I think the stereo-type manifests from what people see online, and by this, I mean certain Instagram accounts. Admittedly, Instagram is full of ‘progress pictures’ posted by fitness influencers and accounts, which involve sharing the physical progress that someone has made. This is where I feel confidence gets confused with arrogance. I understand the importance of progress pictures as, depending on your fitness goal, the scales only show an increase due to the muscle mass gained (especailly if you are into weightlifting). Therefore, progress pictures make a great solution for this as they give you a physical reference to compare against to see how you are doing in relation to your goals. Moreover, when you live, eat, and breathe this lifestyle it can be very hard to notice your own progress as often we can become so fixated on a goal that we forget to recognise the milestones that we have passed. Below are two progress pictures that I took. The righthand picture was taken in my first year of university, and the lefthand picture was taken towards the end of my second year. If I didn’t take these two pictures, I wouldn’t have recognised just how much my body has changed over the past two years.
Personally, I see no wrong in sharing your achievements through progress pictures when it comes to fitness, as it is so much more than an ‘arrogant’ picture, it’s symbolic of the hours of time and effort that someone has put into this lifestyle, and this should only be encouraged.
I guess the main point of this post was to give an insight into the level of commitment required to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and I feel this dedication should only be encouraged rather than tarnished as arrogant and self-obsessed.
Thank you for reading,
Jazzy B ❤
4 thoughts on “We aren’t all self-obssesed…”
Interesting read. And I totally agree! There people on social media (particularly Instagram) who can’t go 1 day without exposing their butt in a thong or their chiselled abs (which is where I think you can start becoming a bit self-obsessed and possibly insecure). However, like you said, being proud of the achievements you have made from all the hard work you put in isn’t the same thing. And those progress shots can be super inspiring for people who are overweight and want to make a difference. But of course, there are sometimes people who like to just hate on other peoples progress.
Nice post Jasmine! (:
Ah, thank you! I know, and I think posting pictures like that definitely attracts the wrong kind of attention!
Exactly, I think if you follow the right accounts on instagram they really can motivate you! Thank you for reading ❤
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Me. Keep up the good work 🙂
Agreed! People who don’t live a healthy lifestyle don’t understand. Recently a family friend tried to convince my mom that I’m anorexic and possibly bulimic just because I like to exercise and I’m slim(which is genetic). I hated to hear that from my mom because she was genuinely concerned. Since when is eating healthy and exercising a bad thing?