So… 2019 is just around the corner and a lot of people will be starting to make their infamous and repetitive new years resolutions.

For example, ‘I will go to the gym 5+ times a week’, or ‘I will lose a stone in sober January’. 

If you’ve read that and related because one of those examples is your new years resolution, then carry on reading to find out the pressures that the likes of social media put on us, and whether or not these resolutions are sustainable.


New Year, New Me??

You’re probably thinking, not that old saying again! But it is still extremely relevant to talk about especially after the Christmas indulgence. It’s usually around this time of year that people start to feel sluggish, unfit, de-motivated and not confident with their appearance (I know I am!). Whether that is purely to do with all those sausage rolls that we consumed, or if social media has an impact on it.

Also around this time of year we have the same memes circling the internet. Here is a humorous yet true image showing how the new year impacts the fitness industry. It shows how a new year can kick-start people’s motivations again for the gym, but also highlights that these resolutions may be unsustainable.

Gym Meme – top image no attribution, bottom image from James Davis

Social Media sites like Instagram are an excellent platform for people to communicate and share their fitness goals, progress and tips. However, the line between posting for motivational purposes and to help people, compared with posting for financial gain is blurred in our society nowadays.

For anyone that follows fitness related accounts on social media, you may recognise that after Christmas these influencers start to promote their own fitness products or the products they endorse. Now this isn’t just a coincidence or for fun. In the run up to the new year these fitness influencers post constantly about their new product launch or a companies new product. I know I’m not the only one who seems to be bombarded by Influencers posting about their ‘new and exciting things planned for 2019’.

Examples include @KrissyCelas new workout app and fitness guides which also cover recipes, or @Livefitelle, @belafernandez and @BroganSmall who are all releasing workout guides either at the end of the year or at the start of 2019.

Livefitelle Post about her guide – attribution to @LiveFitElle on Instagram

GraceFitUk motivational post – attribution to @GracefitUk on Instagram

Most of these influencers who create their own products actually don’t have the qualifications to produce fitness guides. This, as well as them latching onto the fact most people will feel the pressure of the new year; it it hard to believe that these motivational posts aren’t just for their own gain to maximise their sales.

2019 Fitness Trends…

  1. YOGA

  2. FUNCTIONAL FITNESS TRAINING

  3. WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY

  4. VEGANISM

  5. PERSONALISED WORKOUTS

  6. MINDFUL APPS

There is a big focus on training at home or quick workouts as people’s schedules are getting busier and busier. The importance of self care and improvement is also highly growing for next year. There are also trends of people wanting to try veganism as there is more understanding of it now, as well a rise of people using substitute products like soy milk.

2019 Fitness Trends – images from pixel.com No Attribution needed 

2018 Final Thoughts

With all of this in mind, it is important to recognise these pressures that are put on us when the new year comes around. A lot of girls get sucked into the social media pressures to look a certain way or to be like a certain person.

As much as I think that it is a positive to set yourself goals for the new year, I think fitness resolutions that remain solely on physical appearance are not sustainable ones. Everyone is different and has different parts of them that make themselves unique. This is why making a resolution based from what a fitness influencer has said, done, looks like or whatever product they bring out, is not something you should rely on.

Moreover, buying these fitness guides or food recipes is definitely a good starting block to being healthier for the new year. As well involving yourself in one of the 2019 fitness trends!  But I do believe that we should focus our resolutions more on new skills we want to achieve, take up a new hobby, or for self-improvement. For example, one of your fitness new years resolutions could be to be able to do 10 pull ups, or to do a 100kg squat. Or even to start saying to yourself everyday “I’m going to the gym to relief some stress”, not to look like so-and-so.

I know for a fact I will be putting some self-love and self-improvement into practice.

My New Year Resolutions

Sumo deadlifts – image of myself

New Years Resolutions are about reflecting on the year you’ve had and to see what you want to change, alter or do completely different next year. For me, next year is going to be all about improving my attitude, self-improvement and to stay on track of my training and resilience.

If you want to keep up to date with how my resolutions go, make sure you go follow my fitness account on Instagram. I will be posting about my fitness journey –  @morgansandersfitness.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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References:

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/g23876623/fitness-trends-2019/?slide=13

https://www.self.com/story/top-fitness-trends-for-2019

https://me.me/i/gym-in-december-gym-in-january-6645090

https://metro.co.uk/2018/12/28/biggest-fitness-trends-2019-8289059/