This has been on my mind for a while, and when something weighs on our minds, it’s generally a good idea to give it some air time. When we don’t, it festers and circulates, and with the amount of everyday things already festering and circulating, tacking on another leaves us feeling less breezy and carefree and more sluggish and weighed down.You may have noticed that I don’t post “Weekly Workout” recaps or share my weekly mileage on the blog or on social media. That’s intentional.
You don’t need to know my workout plan.
And I don’t need to know your workout plan. It worries me when people with huge followings, who have thousands, some times millions of devoted followers, routinely pump their feeds and posts with every detail of their workouts. Followers invest in them and take their word as gospel. They wield a hefty influence, and some times that influence can be damaging, especially when they live lifestyles that superficially appear healthy and balanced but in reality won’t be sustainable for the long run.
Workout advice from personal trainers or fitness instructors can be beneficial for beginners looking for direction as they dip their toe into workouts and healthy living. We also should encourage people to exercise, move, and get their heart pumping, and along those lines, celebrating race finishes, dead lift PRs, and new fitness classes is awesome. I love that. Engaging in a community that celebrates wellness, at every level, is an inspiration. I especially appreciate bloggers who take time to create and share free workouts or training schedules for races. Heck, if people had never started experimenting with workouts and sharing their experiments, how would we have new workouts like HIIT and Crossfit? We’d still be in leotards and tights, power walking with a tiny dumbbell in each hand.
But sharing exactly how we move, how long, how many calories we burn, how many workouts and rest days we take, all the nitty gritties, people really don’t need to know those. They don’t. It opens the door for comparison, and at the core, it’s pretty narcissistic.
I’m not advocating some sort of gag rule for exercise vernacular. That’s silly. Exercise is healthy. It can be a blast or a beast. In both cases, some times we just want everyone to know. But we don’t need to share with the entire world, every detail of our workouts, every day.
Exercise is a very personal activity. The motivation for movement is different for each person, and the result of the movement is different for each person. Two people could undertake two identical training plans, and even following identical diets, end up with completely different results.Approaching the topic with…not quite caution but a carefulness, can make all the difference. I don’t share my workout plan because it is my own. It works for me, and what works for me may or may not work for you. I do blog about running because it has played a huge role in my wellness journey and recovery from my eating disorder, but I try to shy away from specific numbers when writing about training. Ultimately, it’s best when we individually discern ways to move that best fit our interests, current abilities, and the life we each have to work around.
Many thanks to Amanda for letting me think out loud.
So tell me…
How do you feel about weekly workout recaps? If you share those on your blog or social media pages, please don’t feel like I’m talking specifically to you. I’m just sharing my thoughts 🙂
Disagree? Agree? Thoughts?