Losing weight and friends. How Facebook's failing in gym
WHAT would you say if I told you I've discovered the secret to weight loss?
It's no magic pill. It's not a diet either.
My method is plain and simple and guarantees happiness - my happiness at least.
Step 1 - go to the gym.
Step 2 - shut up about it.
Tagging's nothing new on Facebook - it's been there for quite a while now.
It's quite popular. Coincidentally, it's also my most hated function on social media.
It might as well be labelled 'brag'.
Not only is it a big welcome mat to anyone looking to come and rob you while you're out at the movies, at dinner or at the beach, it's also a great for annoying everyone on your feed.
And the biggest offender in my books - the gym.
Unless it's your profession or you're an athlete, there's really no need to let people know when you're working out.
Face it, it's just so vain.
Did your workout only count because now your Facebook friends are now aware of it?
No. It didn't.
I'm at work today. Should I tag myself at the office?
I'm sleeping in my own bed tonight. Quick, let the world know.
Stop. Right now.
It's fishing for likes all because you got off your backside.
I find it's the first timers who are the worst offenders. The ones who haven't broken a sweat in months. They must feel like it's some great accomplishment worthy of planetary recognition.
It's really not.
Like eating, sleeping and drinking water, exercise should be a part of your day.
When's the last time you notified the online world that you were having a glass of water?
That's what I thought.
Besides, once you've tagged yourself at the gym a couple of times, I'll assume you do it every time.
It really stands out after a week or so of annoying gym tags they suddenly drop off - either you've come to your sense and stopped with the nonsense, or you've stopped going all together.
It's almost always the latter.
It's really much better to go back to the old fashion way of working out, shutting up, and waiting for that compliment from a friend or work colleague to come naturally.
Otherwise - everyone's going to have eyes on you and anything they say will just be forced.
By all means, eat well and train hard, but the only photo I will like and congratulate you on is the one showing off the massive difference from day one and the picture showing how far you've come months down the line.
Until then, sign off, hit the weights, and be more like this guy:
Patrick Williams is the digital producer for the Sunshine Coast Daily. He likes to work out without annoying his friends about it.