This year has brought many moments of uncertainty and hardships, making it difficult to stay on top of one’s goals. In spite of that, many people have implemented new hobbies in their daily lives to find little moments of happiness and normalcy. Some started baking bread of all sorts, others transformed their bathroom into a hair salon. But one of the biggest hobbies that dominated this quarantine was at-home workouts.
With gyms closed, avid gym-goers and amateurs alike found ways to either get or stay healthy from the comfort of their own home. People from all over posted their versions of at-home workouts, plus their “transformations,” for the whole internet to see. While most had good intentions, sharing these fitness tips had negative repercussions as well.
At the beginning of the pandemic, users on the app Tiktok began sharing various workouts claiming to aid in weight loss and target the typical “problem areas” such as the stomach and glutes. One user named @clarisssarojas posted a video sharing what workouts she’s been doing to achieve fuller glutes and claimed results could be achieved within two weeks. Furthermore, she captioned her post: “all you need is a dedicated mind…”
Now, while that is a good mindset to have, many forget that one size doesn’t fit everyone, regardless of what we sometimes hear. Workouts claiming to eliminate unwanted body fat or flatten your stomach is very misleading. Remember, while fitness and health go hand in hand, having a flat tummy doesn’t necessarily equate to being “healthy.”
It’s important to know your body, its limits, strengths, and weaknesses, and understand that everyone’s bodies are different. Other factors, such as a person’s diet and genetics can be reasons why something’s worked better for them.
Believing a workout will yield the same results for you as it did for others can negatively impact your fitness journey and mental health. It could lead to assumptions that you’re not working hard enough and may even cause some resentment towards fitness. Additionally, it could produce a skewed perception of your own body.
So, next time you stumble across a video titled “two-week ab challenge,” think about a few things before saving it. They found something that worked for them and if it doesn’t work for you, it’s not your fault. It’s key to find workouts that are made for you and your body. The beauty of fitness is that it’s a journey and throughout that you’ll continue to make changes as you progress down your own path.