THE SELFIE: FITSPO
Filling your feed with workout pics has been called braggy. But keeping a visual log of your fitness goals actually shows that you’re driven — not a show-off! But if your sweating-in-action shots are always staged, that’s a #fitsno. Over time, being fake for a post won’t make you feel good about yourself. So keep ’em coming — but keep ’em real!
HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BRAIN WHEN YOU POST A SELFIE
1. It feels like winning the lottery — seriously: When the likes rack up, your mind’s reward system is signaled, just as if something amazing has happened (like hitting a jackpot), and it starts to release dopamine, the feel-fierce chemical.
2. It gives you all the good vibes: Seeing yourself smile puts you in a positive mood, according to one study. Happiness creates happiness!
3. But it can also make you feel bummed: If you don’t get enough likes, it can have the opposite effect. Anxiety can creep in, causing your self-esteem to take a hit. The fix: Focus on how you felt in the moment you snapped the pic.