*DISCLAIMER: Some of the images in this post may be triggering to some individuals. This topic is purely based on MY thoughts and opinions and is in no way promoting any type of body shaming.*
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Okay, so my Dad said this the other day and now I have to say it too…why is it that the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas flies by and so does the time between Memorial Day and the 4th of July?
Seriously, it’s already June 29th?!? Less than a month until I go to Boston! I stumbled across this article the other day and thought about how much I used to look to the “fitspos” when I first developed my obsession with exercise and healthy eating.
When I first wanted to lose a few pounds before college, I remember actually googling “fitness inspiration” and being bombarded with all of these images, tips, and people to follow for motivation. *slaps forehead*. I soon discovered that I had just fallen into the black hole of what is popularly known as the “fitspo” community, which is mostly targeted at women, ages 13-19.
For those of you who don’t know what I mean…
“Fitspo”, short for fitspiration, is an online community of bloggers and social media accounts that encourage weight loss, diet and exercise through the sharing of success stories, active lifestyle and diet tips, photos and rules. Lots and lots of rules.
-Rebecca Adams, Huffington Post
Posting pictures of yourself on social media in workout clothes is one thing, but including your thoughts of “excitement” about cutting out a certain food group to get you results is another thing.
“We are, as a culture, so obsessed with ‘health,’ but there’s a lot of stuff that comes under this umbrella of health obsession that actually is quite unhealthy and really promotes an unhealthy fixation on weight loss and thinness.”
I don’t even think I knew what the term “healthy” meant, but I thought, ‘oh these people look really healthy and fit so they must know what they’re talking about.’
Motivated or Dissatisfied?
I don’t know about you, but these pictures don’t really make me motivated to workout or feel good about myself. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about exercising as one of the best things you can do for your body to improve your health and mood, but the fitspo community encourages viewers to workout for the wrong reasons. Sometimes fitspo include a quote that tells you to make others jealous with your outer appearance.
At first glance, these shots and their quotes may seem empowering, but in reality they are designed to make you feel bad about yourself.
“Sore is the new sexy.”
“Nothing tastes as good as being fit fit feels.”
Oh and look at those labels! Recognize the swoosh? Sports brands like Nike (above) and anyone else in the fitness industry profits by promoting these images. It’s kinda sad, if you ask me.
Notice how only part of the body is shown in all of the photos? An emphasis on the stomach, butt, and thigh areas are usually what you will see, also implying that these are the “most important” parts of our bodies that we should be working on. They’re basically saying, ‘you’re not going to feel good about yourself if you don’t look like this.’
Apparently a flat stomach and a tight butt are more important than the size of your heart or your brain….
“When it comes to fitspo, when do prioritizing exercise and diet go from ‘normal’ to ‘obsessive'”?
When “Healthy” Isn’t About Health Anymore…
For me, it went to obsessive. Because of my fixation on healthy eating and exercise from so-called “fitness experts” out there (aka fitspos), I began to think that I had to count calories, run for miles, and eliminate fat to be “healthier”. This could not be farther from the truth. Food groups soon became a list of “good” foods and “bad” foods. Anything that wasn’t “pure” and “clean” wasn’t on the “good” list. Our bodies need ALL nutrients and food groups, yeah even fats and carbs, to function properly. Adams says, “An image of a woman’s uber thin, underwear-clad lower body paired with the caption ‘This could be you in months — keep going’ is just one example of the fine line fitspo walks.”
Like anything else in life, there’s another side.
Not all fitspo is bad. Some photos may actually be inspiring to those who may NEED to be more active for health reasons or for those who just sit on the couch and watch TV. Being active is great, but do it because YOU WANT TO, not because society or a picture is telling you to.
Find an exercise that makes you excited to do, not miserable. We need to get out of idea that we need to CHANGE our bodies to look good; why not just TAKE CARE of them instead?!
Now tell me…
- What is your opinion on the “fitspo” community?
- What’s your favorite way to exercise?
BE WELL my friends! <3 I hope you all have an amazing day.