Why Do We Get So Annoyed When Our Friends Decide To “Get Healthy”?

Women should be supportive of each other’s healthy hobbies. But when certain friends join the gym, being supportive can be really, really difficult. Don’t beat yourself up over it; there’s a good chance this friend is doing a few obnoxious things that are guaranteed to rub you the wrong way. Here are 10 valid reasons to be annoyed when a friend decides they’re going to “get healthy” and turn into a fitness freak.

  1. The daily gym selfie. We would literally need a telescope to spot your progress when you’re updating us this frequently.
  2. Constant food updates. So, you’re also a normal functioning human being who needs to ingest sustenance on a regular basis. Thanks for reminding us every 2-3 hours.
  3. Condescending attitude towards other activities. OK, OK we all know binge eating pizzas on the couch all day and then going to the club until 5 am is not a healthy idea. But you don’t have to get all judge-y on us just because you’re abstaining. To each their own.
  4. Misuse of word “fitness”. Lifting something really friggin’ heavy twice and then eating a dozen doughnuts is not fitness. Stop calling it that.
  5. Trendy diet fads. Nutrition is important, but swearing by a new diet trend every other week is irritating. Upside: Inspiration for BS excuses to binge eat. I only got this brownie sundae because I’m “carb cycling” and “it fits my macros”.
  6. They try to sell you stuff. Nothing is quite as annoying as the friend who discovered the gym and multi-level marketing at the same time. I promise to not crush your dreams about making enough money to quit your day job if you promise to stop trying to sell me Shakeology.
  7. They actually get hotter than you. So annoying. We were also planning on losing those 5 pounds that are still there from freshman year of college but, like, after brunch next week.
  8. Excessive hashtags. #gym #gymlife# gymflow #powerlifting #liftheavy #work #workout #instafit #fitfam #fitnessaddict #fitspiration #IIFYM #macros #sweat #lulus #girlsthatlift #girlswholift #iswearimreallyliftingstuffandnotjustpenisingaroundatthegym #butpleasedon’tcomehereandcheck. Come on, bro. Keep the hashtags to a reasonable amount.
  9. The possibility that they may have joined a cult. So, you’re at this new gym every day? And you spend all your money on a membership? And you only hang out with other members who tell you what and when to eat?
  10. We know they aren’t ACTUALLY training. Don’t forget, some of us know you in real life and not just on the gram. Buying Beatz and Nikes and taking pics with your shakers full of supps does not make you fit. We all know you are way too hungover to do anything more than 15 minutes on the elliptical. Next time try shots of wheatgrass instead of tequila.
Holly Harris is a freelance writer, full time student, and mommy to a toddler sass monster. In her (nearly nonexistent) free time, you can find her lifting something heavy in her home gym or chugging vodka sodas with friends. She contributes to several other sites, including Elite Daily.