It's OK to Take a Break
As a fitness professional, I'm always looking for new ways to encourage, inspire and help initiate action for my clients. Because let's be honest, motivation is fleeting, crazy schedules get in the way of workouts, and cooking a healthy dinner after a long day is sometimes almost unbearable to even think about.
But the fitness industry can sometimes take "fitspo" a little too far. And I'm not talking about the pictures of girls in thongs "working out" at the dumbbell rack (those are just obnoxious...), I'm talking about a much sneakier culprit lurking in your social media feed... the well-intended motivational meme.
Most are great, and often seem to be posted just for you and your mood that day (eerie sometimes isn't it!?). But there are others that seem well and good on the surface, but may inadvertently lead to some unhealthy (or unrealistic) views about progression and self improvement. For instance, this is a good but also maybe bad one.
On the surface it seems good right? It encourages you not to compare or compete with others (something I agree with), and it helps focus your attention back to your journey and short term actions that you can take today (so what's not to love!?).
But the sneaky unintended message that starts to seep into your sub-conscious, is that you should always be progressing every day, and if you aren't able to be better than yourself yesterday, you are somehow failing and should feel guilty about it.
Now you might think I'm being dramatic, or reading too much into it, but think about the last time you had an "off" day, where no matter what trick you tried, you just couldn't make yourself do something "productive". How did it feel? What internal dialogue did you have?
I'm guessing it wasn't, "wow, I feel really great about this Netflix and pizza day today!"
It was probably mean, and instead of enjoying your rest day and repeating the benefits of recovery, most of it was likely spent feeling bad about yourself for taking it. And seeing this meme on a bad day undoubtedly will make you feel worse about not "being better".
The reality is that sometimes we need a Netflix and pizza day (or whatever your thing is). Humans are not meant to go, go, go 24/7, and progress is not a perfectly increasing line, where each day is better than the day before. It's OK to take a break sometimes.
Everyone has different reactions and triggers, but as you scroll, pay attention to how something makes you feel. If it doesn't serve you, keep on scrolling! So while I like the sentiment behind the first meme, don't forget that this meme is equally valid and important:
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