Instagram Told Me So: Health & Fitness Trends From Your Favorite Photo Sharing App

May 19, 2015

Fitness has been a part of my life ever since the age of five, when I laced up my first pair of soccer cleats to go beat up some boys. Then came age seven, when I was racing laps in the pool. Fast-forward to my teen years when I was learning weight-lifting basics from a state-championship-winning football coach.

It’s always been my after-school activity, extra-curricular or time suck that kept me from parties (sometimes). And today I have a whole new challenge in front of me thanks to some amazing new neighbors of Fast Horse.

An escape, a constant challenge I crave and ultimately my hobby – being active is an essential part of my being. So it’s only natural that my Instagram feed is chock-full of fitness celebs and brands I love:

  • There’s Misty Copeland, the ultimate of “working hard for your dreams and not letting anyone tell you ‘no’” account
  • There’s Patagonia, the “people being active in the natural world and constant inspirations for your next active adventure” account
  • Then it’s always great when you find the “one of your favorite celebs is also a total badass to make you want to try something new” account

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I could go on. But be warned. Not all “fun and fit accounts” are created equal. While getting lost in the Instagram ether, I have come across some wacky trends, claims and practices people swear by. Shall we explore?

Butter coffee. I came across an Instagram user documenting her daily morning butter coffee habit last year, then paid more attention to it when I saw a Buzzfeed Food video about it a few months ago. Apparently adding 1-2 tablespoons of grass-fed butter and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to your morning cup of joe will give you more focus, more energy, no caffeine crash among other health claims. Anyone with a blender want to give this a try?

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Eating Charcoal. Everyone step away from the grill! Apparently drinking activated charcoal is supposed to be super detoxifying and cleanse your body. Yummy? I might just stick with kale.

Transcendental Meditation. Because taking a deep breath and counting to 10 just doesn’t cut it. It’s the practice of sitting for 20 minutes, twice a day, repeating a personal mantra. It’s hard enough for me to sit still for 30 seconds, so I should probably look into this. Also, Oprah swears by it, and that’s all the medical advice I need.

What about you? As we head into an active summer season, what’s your favorite thing to do or new trend to try? Be sure to Instagram it, otherwise it didn’t happen!