Social media exercise posts’ impact in real life

Some of our friends post about politics, food, their pets or family. Some, post their fitness goals and successes.

A study by a former University of Arizona researcher, now Texas State University professor, found that the more exercise-related posts a person sees on social media, the more concerned they feel about their own weight, which could result in unhealthy body image.

University of Houston's assistant professor of nutrition and obesity studies Daphne Hernandez said the posts can be motivating, but are they truthful.

“Just because someone’s posting something, it may not necessarily be happening,” said Hernandez.

says stop focusing on social media and get out there and do the exercise, instead.

She said you can get ideas of what to eat or workouts, but you shouldn't be planning your entire activity and nutrition based on social media posts.

“You need to be you, and not worry about the person next door who’s running 10 miles. That may not fit your schedule timewise, it may not fit your health,” said Hernandez.

She said just stick to a workout plan that is designed for you.

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