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Social media has grown into a large platform for fitness fanatics and the weight loss beginners. Forums like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter offer an endless amount of inspiration, guidance and tips for creating the best workout plan for you or the perfect meal plan to slim down. Even if you aren’t a subject matter expert in training and nutrition, your fitness journey could be the inspiration even for just one person to adjust their lifestyle and kick it into gear. There are certainly some things to keep in mind before you post. Sometimes a post might come across the wrong way and people could be offended. Other times, a post might seem arrogant or conceited. That can be the nature of it, but if you can help it, wouldn’t you rather your posts build people up and motivate them? Here are some tips for posting your fitness and weight loss progress on social media.

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The Gym Selfie

Before you post that gym selfie, ask yourself what purpose the picture serves. It might be that it’s entirely for you, to motivate you and keep you going. If that’s the case, then it might be wise to post the image on your mirror or in your agenda, where you will see it and draw strength from it. If you feel that it will inspire others to work as hard as you are, then post away. Keep in mind that a picture of you standing in a gym looking cute as a button with your hair and makeup done might not be a realistic depiction of hard work. Be real and go ahead and take a post-workout selfie, sweat and all, no matter how gross some people might find it. Chances are people will see that and give you a virtual high five and then don their tennis shoes for an intense cardio workout of their own.

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The Workout Plan Post

If you like to post your weekly workout plan on social media as a way to keep yourself accountable, there might be better ways to do it. Your friends on the worldwide web will probably appreciate it more if you post what you’ve done — and be specific. Whether you’ve just done a class that really kicked your butt or you’ve found a workout that you absolutely love, your friends might want to hear about it so that they can try it, too. Sometimes people can see posts about what you are going to do later as over-sharing. Make your posts informative so that your friends can get something from your awesome workout, too.

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The Food Picture

People don’t really want to know what you ate today. That’s usually the response you will get. Especially if you post the bag of chips you ate for a snack or your french fries at lunch, other people likely don’t care. Social media wants to see things like the beautiful meal you had at the new restaurant in town or the Gluten-Free Kale and Chicken Sausage Pasta you whipped up last night. Maybe someone wants to try your healthy, new recipe or they were wondering if that restaurant was any good. Think about who sees your posts and what they might think is relevant.

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Progress Updates

Before and after pictures and updates on how much weight you’ve lost can be really inspiring; however, incessantly telling the world how many calories you’ve consumed each day can be a major turnoff on social media. Try keeping a food and fitness journal that tracks your progress so you can get a visual for how you are doing. When it comes to posting those things on social media, just don’t do it every single day. Your friends wants to support you and encourage you, but constant updates can sometimes seem a little self-centered, even if that isn’t the intention. One great way to share your story is to start a blog about your fitness journal. That way it isn’t constantly popping up on your friends’ feed but they can still follow your progress.

The Humblebrag

Avoid the “humblebrag” at all costs. Of course you want to share your hard work, but doing it under the guise of humility can be perceived negatively by others. Boasting about your fitness goals will annoy people rather than motivate them. If you’re going to brag a little, just be honest about it. Don’t try to downplay it. Your friends will want to celebrate with you. Also, be choosy about what you post so that when something legitimately awesome happens, you won’t feel the need to downplay it.

Don’t let the haters bully you into not posting your health and fitness achievements on social media, but always ask yourself how you feel when you read posts like that. If you don’t like to see them, then you shouldn’t post them. Always stay positive and remember that your encouragement could be the difference for someone out there who is dragging their feet and making excuses to get fit.

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