Okay. Do you see all of those workout selfies?
Yes, there are TONS of them.
Yes, they are all of me.
A guy who once tipped the scales at 350 lbs and who now loves this whole get-fit stay-fit world.
And those are only a fraction of all the workout selfies I’ve taken (and shared) the last 10 months or so.
Listen, friends. We have it ALL wrong.
For some reason, as a general population we are scared to post too many photos of ourselves doing AMAZING things on social media, especially in the health and fitness world.
And by AMAZING, I don’t mean reaching the top of Mount Everest, or base jumping from the Sears Tower. I mean the little AMAZING things we do every day, like move our bodies, and making healthy food choices, and being excited for our daily victories.
Goodness gracious. Have you looked at us lately? As a whole, we are getting fatter. And we are getting more unhealthy. And we are getting lazier. And even worse than that… we are teaching our kids this same lethargic lifestyle as we head down the slippery slope to Wall-Eville.
Politicians have fought endlessly about this epidemic and have found no solutions. Incredibly inspiring television shows have not begun to even dent what’s going on. Talk-shows have dissected it, endlessly and unsuccessfully. Bloggers have blogged about it. And nothing has changed. We are still getting heavier per capita, every single year. And I think I know why.
It isn’t the rise in fast food chains on every corner. It isn’t the covers of magazines. It isn’t the fact that the job force has shifted more heavily to sedentary jobs.
No, the problem isn’t any of that.
I believe the problem lies in our inability to be comfortable on our journeys toward health.
And I believe that the Internet is more to blame for that than anything else.
For the first time in history, the following three things exist for us that have fundamentally changed everything.
1) We are able to present a version of ourselves to others which doesn’t actually have to reflect reality.
2) We are able to get immediate gratification from others, with no consequences for the differences between reality and what we present.
3) We are able to be judged harshly and immediately for anything we do.
Think about those three things.
They were all born and extrapolated with the mainstream adoption of the Internet.