Why pictures of athletic transformations are anything but motivational
Although we’re increasingly arguing for photorealistic images on social media, we still have a long way to go. We are just happy to share how much we enjoy the sport. Think of pictures of redheads for you and your athletesbest friend After the HIIT class, a screenshot of the route after the run and course: before f after Screenshots of your progress.
There’s nothing wrong with that, but it can get problematic when it comes to amazing (and sometimes wildly unrealistic) physical transformations. in honor of World Mental Health Day It has a sports brand ASICS Research the consequences of such images on our mental health. The results are, to put it mildly, not mushy.
You don’t feel like exercising anymore
To get straight to the point: a third of Dutch people say they have become insecure about others before and after the pictures. * In addition, at least 70% of Dutch people become frustrated and unmotivated when they see these comparisons. *
By sharing these photos on social media, we are emphasizing the physical results of exercise. Shame, because the same study shows that your mental health in particular improves dramatically from a good workout. * Even if it is not immediately visible on the image. Think about your mood, a better night’s sleep, less stress and a lower risk of depression. Isn’t that just as important?
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