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Why 'Fitspiration' Isn't So Inspirational

By: , – Molly Galbraith
11/29/2013 12:00 AM   :  79 comments   :  22,127 Views

Warning: The images and words in this post could be triggering to anyone who has had an eating disorder.

"Strong is the new skinny."
 "When I exercise, I wear all black because it's like a funeral for my fat."
"Skinny is not sexy. Healthy is."

You've probably heard or read the quotes listed above at some point. They're known as "fitspiration" or "fitspo" for short. Fitspo pictures and posters are typically images of extremely fit, lean, and muscular women, with motivational quotes on them like the ones displayed above. 

Fitspo is supposed to be a healthy alternative "thinspo" (short for thinspiration). Thinspiration images typically display extremely thin women with motivational quotes regarding getting and staying thin.  In general, these were first created by online users who wanted to inspire and support women with eating disorders to continue with their disorders and stay as thin as possible.

Yikes.

Good thing fitspo became popular, huh?  At least now we have lots of healthy images floating around the web inspiring women to be healthy and strong instead of skinny, right?

Maybe not.  

You see, it's pretty obvious to the general public that thinspo isn't healthy.  We all know that aspiring to achieve a below-normal weight or developing an eating disorder to become extremely skinny is an unhealthy thing.  Not only do people who work to become unhealthily thin lose muscle mass and bone mass, but their body goes into survival mode and starts shutting down less important bodily processes like digestion and reproduction.

Fitspo on the other hand, is generally regarded as healthy.  The men and women pictured are fit, lean, and muscular.  So they must be super healthy and in-shape, right?
 
Not always. 

As I discussed in my previous blog, for some people, being very lean is extremely difficult to achieve and hard on the body.  Not all of us are designed to walk around with veins popping and our abs showing.  Sometimes, we can accomplish it for a short period of time, but what are we sacrificing in the long-term?  Our health? Our performance? Our sanity? Maybe all three.

This is what makes fitspo even scarier than thinspo in some ways.  Your average Jane Doe will recognize that the bodies shown in the thinspo images are not only very hard to attain, but definitely not healthy.  On the other hand, Jane usually doesn't recognize that the bodies shown in the fitspo pictures aren't always healthy or realistic for everyone, or that they're usually incredibly difficult to attain and maintain (despite what the creator of the fitspo images wants you to think).

But let's set health aside for a second.  Let's assume that the fitspo body is a healthy body.  Even then, what message are the fitspo posters sending?  That we should all be fit, lean, and muscular (not to mention tan, glistening, and busty too, right?) 

So how should you feel about yourself if you're not those things?   What if you're fair-skinned or flat-chested or can't get a six-pack to save your life, or have cellulite on your legs or extra skin from giving birth to a baby—despite doing your best to exercise and eat right consistently?

Should you feel like you aren't good enough? Aren't fit enough? Don't work hard enough? That maybe it's all your fault and you're just making too many excuses?

If this is what we look at and compare ourselves to, this is what becomes the standard by which we measure ourselves.  If we don't measure up, we feel like we are "lesser than."

I get it.  Fitspo is supposed to be a positive thing.  The images are intended to be motivating and inspiring images of strong, healthy women.  And I have no doubt that a lot of women who look at them do find some motivation to start exercising or not let excuses get the best of them.

But you know what's funny? 

The women who are inspired by those images tend to already be really fit!  Those who aren't already fit, and those who do need motivation to work out and take care of themselves feel intimidated by them and feel like they can't measure up. 

So the goal of fitspo and the feelings most women have after viewing fitspo, are in fact, completely opposite.  Instead of feeling motivated, many women feel like they aren't good enough.

Not to mention, some of these "uplifting" sayings actually put other groups of people down
 
There are dozens of "motivational" fitspo posters floating around with phrases like, "Real women have curves," or, "Real women have muscles." These posters are designed to encourage women who do look like that to feel good about their bodies.  And that's great.  But if you look more closely, they are doing it at the expense of other women.

Saying, "Real women have muscles," is extremely insulting to women who aren't muscular.  Telling a woman that she is not a "real woman" because she isn't curvy is an absolutely nasty and demeaning thing to say, too. 

It boils down to this: spreading the message that women "should be" skinny, curvy, muscular, voluptuous, fit, lean, toned, etc. is complete crap.  And that's what thinspo and fitspo both have in common.

Society doesn't get to dictate how our bodies should look, and putting other women and their bodies down in order to feel better about our own is NEVER a good thing.  The more that we spread negativity and hate, the more the negativity and hate will come back to us.
 
So what's the solution?

The solution is actually my life's mission:

To help women have grace and compassion when it comes to their bodies.

You see, when we have grace and compassion for our own bodies, then we afford that same grace and compassion to others.  We don't need to insult anyone's body to feel better about our own.   

Now I'm not saying that this is an easy task, but here's a tip to help. Next time you're tempted to turn to a fitspo poster for inspiration, why don't you sit down and think about your unique body, what you love about it, and what it allows you to do.

Can you run far? Jump high? Lift heavy? Move around without getting winded?

Can you change the water cooler at work without anyone's help or hoist 50-pound bags of dog food over your shoulder?

Does your body allow you to nurture and take care of yourself and your family?

Does your butt look absolutely killer in a nice pair of jeans?

Figure out what you love the most and are most proud of about your body, and don't forget it.  Then, share the wealth.  Give a friend a genuine compliment.  Tell her what you think is awesome about her body.  Not in relation to yours, or anyone else's.  Make it about her.  She will feel good, you will feel good, and the "good" will keep spreading.  

And that is more inspiring than a fitspo poster any day of the week.
 
What do you think? Do you find "fitspiration" images to be inspiring or insulting?


About the Author
Molly Galbraith is a strength coach and co-owner of J&M Strength and Conditioning, a rapidly expanding, private gym in Lexington, Kentucky, for professional athletes and the general public alike. She is also co-founder of the wildly popular Girls Gone Strong group, a movement dedicated to changing the way women train. Her mission is to, ''Help women give themselves grace and compassion when it comes to their bodies, and to help them discover and accept what their best body looks like, with minimal time and effort.'' She has also been an expert contributor to magazines like Oxygen andExperience Life. No stranger to the gym herself, she has competed in both figure and powerlifting and her best lifts include a 275-lb. squat, a 165-lb. bench press, and a 341-lb. deadlift. You can find out more about Molly by visiting her website, and you can keep up with her latest adventures on Facebook and Twitter


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  • KNOTARY1
    79
    a six pack on a girl does not seem sexy to me. a six pack on a guy does not seem sexy to me either but that's just a hetero thing. - 4/21/2014   6:45:13 PM
  • UILSKUIKEN
    78
    This article was posted on sparkpeople's "fitspo" pinterest board. Why have that board if fitspo is so offensive? And all women do have muscles, the heart is a muscle. - 3/20/2014   6:27:52 AM
  • KAZFROMOZ
    77
    Hey - what about the guys who seem to be left out of this discussion? Some guys feel the same way as we gals when they see fitness mags of perfect abs etc. They also have problems of bulimia and anorexia - we should be not only kinder to ourselves, but not give backhanded "compliments" or jibes to them either! Oh, and you Senior GIRLS - have a look on line, and find the 80 year old gymnast in Germany, the world's oldest model (she's French), ( the 80+ year old who runs a marathon US), a 70+ gym teacher (US) and many others, Jack La Lane (US) and a whole lot more for inspiration. The runner had arthritis - but she finished! I don't give a hoot for magazine models - but I will take a tip or two to try and see if it works for me - if not - move on... Inspiration is the key word, and, believe it or not, I also take a lot of it from you at any age, shape or whatever. You have something to say that is important to me too. Thanks. - 1/26/2014   3:48:51 PM
  • 76
    Bravo! We aren't all suppose to look the same or turn out the same and EVERYONE NEEDS TO HEAR THAT! Thanks for the awesome article. - 1/18/2014   7:49:38 AM
  • 75
    THANK YOU for writing this!!!! As a disabled person, I am constantly put down because I don't meet any of the images of thin or "fit." It is demeaning and discouraging. It makes me feel as if no matter what I do or how hard I try, I'll never be good enough. Thank you thank you thank you for not being afraid to discuss this openly and directly!! - 1/16/2014   10:11:49 PM
  • 74
    Totally agree with the article with regard to the dangers of fitspo. I have a problem suspending my disbelief with some of these pics. Really? No photoshop involved? - 12/22/2013   12:01:22 PM
  • 73
    I do not like the images on this , nor do I like to see them on other Sparkers pages....I like real.....on the other hand, the article was good, but having a healthy mind is what keeps from being offended or disenchanted.... - 12/16/2013   11:28:21 AM
  • 72
    to me the motto should be Healthy is the new sexy....it should involve women and men all shapes and sizes enjoy things like walking, swimming playing sport or working out and things like "Thanks to the love for myself I now am working to achieve a healthier lifestyle" Healthy is the new sexy, you may not be thin, you may not be muscular but as long as you are taking steps to stay active and eat well then you are healthy and that IS sexy - 12/14/2013   11:56:34 PM
  • INGHND
    71
    If you are mentally healthy these pictures don't matter what matters is what you want to look like! They don't make me do anything I don't want to do!! - 12/5/2013   12:31:29 AM
  • HOVEURT
    70
    Her Father would be so proud! Long Live the GATEWOOD Legacy! - 12/4/2013   7:24:09 PM
  • LLMANN565
    69
    It's interesting to me that the author is so very accurate in her article on how fitspro images and sayings can be damaging to a women's self image yet, her "wildly popular" group Girls Gone Strong has the word girl in its title. From what I could see from her blog she is not targeting girls but women. I know, I know here goes another "women's liber" spouting off about the title girl. Yes and no. The title "girl" is just as detrimental to women's self image as say a fitspro or a thinspro image or saying. If we allow ourselves to be called girls then we will be seen as girls. You may think but who cares because I am grown and have the body of a women. Exactly - We don't go to a Pediatrician now that we are women because we have different needs, biologically, physically and emotionally. But referring to ourselves as girls is just as silly as referring to ourselves as stupid or fat. Labels can have negative effects that we have no control over. Ms. Galbraith makes the valid point that the fitspro "real women have muscles" is insulting to women who don't have fit muscles. And while this saying may be motivational to some there is no doubt that it can be included in the 1000's of confusing, sub-textural images and ideas girls and women are faced with everyday about who they are or who they think they should be. Think deeply about the word girl and see if you want to continue to refer to yourself as, just that, a girl. Or, would you rather have grace and compassion towards yourself as a women. - 12/4/2013   1:38:02 PM
  • 68
    Bravo !!! - 12/4/2013   11:42:11 AM
  • GHYSLAINE27
    67
    Very good read. I agree with some of your points. As a full figured women who used to be hurt by these fitspo, I can honestly say that I no longer look to anyone but myself and how I feel to know if I am healthy and sexy. I may never have a flat stomach and a six pack, but that doesn't make me less inspirational to others. - 12/4/2013   11:30:08 AM
  • 66
    A thousand times yes. - 12/4/2013   11:19:55 AM
  • 65
    Depending on what the picture is, the saying itself could be great, but especially here on SP, we're all shapes and sizes, and seeing muscled, attractive women, are just as bad as the magazine pictures as models. No all of us will look like that, and that is ok. But it's showing us, the same things in a different way, then advertising models in magazines do.. The saying are usually wonderful, but it's the pictures.

    that is one thing I love about coach Nicole, she isn't one of those women in the pictures, she looks like an average women, and she works out, she isn't skinny, she isn't full of muscles showing. She is just an attractive women, who enjoys exercise and helping us as well. - 12/4/2013   9:57:20 AM
  • 64
    Very interesting , ty for sharing - 12/4/2013   4:21:58 AM
  • MAMAZON
    63
    Real women come in all sizes. - 12/3/2013   9:51:28 PM
  • DELLMEL
    62
    Great. - 12/3/2013   7:37:35 PM
  • 61
    Bravo! - 12/3/2013   7:34:19 PM
  • 60
    This is one of the best Sparkpeople articles I've read. Thank you. - 12/3/2013   4:39:55 PM
  • 59
    I'm not sure why people get offended by posters with pics of someone they don't know. Just be yourself, work out and make yourself healthy. Look for inspiration in the real world. But don't be so sensitive that a poster can hurt your feelings.

    I wonder if the writer of the blog feels that her pictures on her personal blog could actually cause someone to be frustrated because they don't look like that. http://mollygalbraith.com /

    I think you look great. I personally don't want to lift, and that's fine with me. I swim, bike and run. I'm confident and happy with myself. Everyone needs to quit focusing on others and realize it's all about being the best you you can be. - 12/3/2013   3:21:08 PM
  • 58
    Tri_Babe, I see where you are coming from. I assume that you think that thinspo images are fine as well because it motivates some people also. However, most people do not think they look good like you do. And that's why people use these images to try and motivate them. They want to achieve these exact body types. So, a lot of these things do not roll off their backs. When people read things like, "Real Women Have Curves", they feel bad if they do not have them. I wish everyone can love their bodies like you and realize that beauty is not full of guidelines. - 12/3/2013   12:18:41 PM
  • 57
    Why focus on the negative? I think it's great if people get inspired by these images and sayings. If not, then ignore them. You can choose to look at things as a put-down and take them personally, or not. Again, your choice.

    I used to work at a gym teaching group exercise. I had moved to the Midwest from California. I would workout in a sports bra and shorts just because I got hot, so that's what I would teach in. I got a negative year-end review for it, because the manager that was there said, even though there was no dress-code, the way I dressed needed to change because I might intimidate some members of the aerobics classes. What?? Discriminate against me and give me a negative because I am very fit? I would think that people would get inspired that what I was doing was actually working. Why should I have to cover myself up and make myself uncomfortable while working out because some people "might" get offended or intimidated? I had many clients come up to me and want me to train them because they wanted to get closer to my shape.

    It's all in the way you look at it. You have the CHOICE to be positive about people's accomplishments and the way everyone looks, whatever that may be, or negative about the way you think it makes you look in comparison. I am thin, and I think I look good. So sayings like "Real Women Have Curves" don't bother me, because I'm not going by what others say or think, but what I say and think about myself. A friend of mine posted on Facebook recently, "If you can wear skinny jeans, you need to do squats." I had the choice to be offended, angry and respond negatively, or just laugh it off and say well at least I can wear and look good in skinny jeans. I _chose_ the latter. - 12/3/2013   11:42:44 AM
  • AZURE-SKY
    56
    When you stop to think that these people were selected for the photos specifically for their looks, they are no more relevant to "normal" human beings than a runway model.

    I've never found pictures/posters of super-fit people inspirational. I know I'll never look like them, so I just can't relate, or even take them seriously. I'm 5'2", 61 years old, and even if I did lose all the weight, I'd have so much extra, wrinkled skin - I'd more closely resemble a prune than a fitness model - LOL!!!

    I find my inspiration within. I don't compete with anyone but myself, I set my own goals, and never compare myself or my progress with anyone else.


    - 12/3/2013   11:32:06 AM
  • ROBINCLINEFF
    55
    The images need to be more realistic. Most working women manging a household and children can not and probably should not be prioritizing that kind of time for physical fitness. If they manage a work out several times a week and healthy eating - that's a win for them and their families. I think acheiving 'healthy' is a good priority and showing images that are un-attainable just make people feel discouraged. Can't they just show "normally" healthy people? There are several ladies in my church who are very healthy and fit, run several miles a day, work and have small children and look so perfectly healthy and fit. But I'm sure they don't have the muscles as shown in these images. Those ladies are my inspiration. I think it would be more motivational to see normal people becasue then you could look at the images and say to yourself .."yeah, I can do that"! Or "yeah, I'm almost there"! Also I object to the use of the word "sexy" being used to describe healthy or fit. We need to be healthy for ourselves and our families not just for the purpose of attracting "sexual attention".

    Also as someone else had said, show some gray hair'd ladies too :-) That would be amazingly encouraing. - 12/3/2013   11:04:03 AM
  • 54
    Thank you! That's exactly what I needed to hear today! Lately I've been feeling like I was fat and not good enough, and was actually trying to starve myself. Because of this article I'm going to go back to eating right. Thank you! - 12/3/2013   10:51:52 AM
  • 53
    I currently use a picture of Rhonda Roussy for inspriation - now, she's a pro MMA fighter and I have NO DESIRE to do that, but I still like that she's muscular and curvy at the same time. But I see where you're coming from. I find that achieving personal success, even if it's just a little thing like saying "no thanks" to a fattening treat, is alot more inspriational than any picture. - 12/3/2013   10:10:10 AM
  • STEFANIEWISEMAN
    52
    LOVE this article, especially as someone in recovery from an eating disorder. Take issue with this last comment "Does your butt look absolutely killer in a nice pair of jeans?", because if the focus of this article is to make women feel good about their bodies' abilities and health, then we shouldn't continue to make a pointed focus about the LOOKS. But definitely sharing this article. - 12/3/2013   8:45:24 AM
  • 51
    Love this article!
    For those of us that are more mature (I am 60, soon to be 61), the "Fitspo" images are usually unattainable & very discouraging. Even the SP inspirational quotes are difficult to look at.
    Today, I am going to start finding at least 1 thing to compliment myself on AND at least 1 thing to compliment a friend or co-worker on. - 12/3/2013   8:01:28 AM
  • 50
    One thing that has bothered me about many "fitspo" images, is that they rarely show the woman's face. Like many other images, we are reduced to nothing more than our body, not our whole person. Fitspo images are devoid of true character. - 12/3/2013   7:42:02 AM
  • 49
    I'm not those young thin girls who in reality have never had a weight problem. I'm short, stumpy, and old. and I love myself. Thank you for this article. - 12/3/2013   6:29:59 AM
  • 48
    I don't think it's possible to put it so succinctly as those slogans purport to do.

    For instance, one reason muscles are good is because they raise your metabolism, which makes it easier to maintain your healthy weight. Another reason is how they help you keep your mobility as you age. You can't put that kind of message in half a dozen words! - 12/3/2013   6:11:50 AM
  • 47
    In my opinion, they are not very inspiring. I am more inspired by a bigger person working as hard as they can and just enjoying life. That being said my cousin and his wife are body builders and post many pictures of themselves and they make me want to work harder. I don't really like seeing so many pictures of skinny or muscular/skinny women telling me how to work out because so many people workout so differently. Also, those images are reasons I DON'T join a gym. It doesn't show people in progress just people who are fit and if you are not fit or look fit people really do give you weird looks. Again, just my opinion. - 12/3/2013   1:59:30 AM
  • 46
    They don't inspire or offend me. I am only inspired by sucess stories like Indygirls and others. I read those daily to keep on track.

    I do agree that everything is too PC now come on we don't need to be so thin skinned not everything is to be taken personally!! - 12/1/2013   5:28:13 PM
  • 45
    I find some "fitspo" images and quotes to be inspiring, mostly when I apply them to my own body and consider how I am strong and can make myself stronger, but not when thinking about societal expectations on me. I think that the audience for the material is critical for judging the effect it will have. If replacing thinspo is the goal, then I think you are right on the target that this just creates another set of societal critiques for fragile egos. However, for those with healthy self images in any state, the message to be strong and muscular and powerful can be a very healthy message. As you say, personal messages are stronger. Next time I see one of these messages I will try to remember to not expect to look like the woman in the picture, but instead to just be my own personal strongest and keep pushing to reach the goals that make sense for me and my body. - 12/1/2013   3:18:49 PM
  • LSIG14
    44
    Absolutely awesome article! We can't all be curvy, muscular, and all the other descriptive words but we all can get healthier and happier in the bodies that God gave us. - 11/30/2013   11:54:27 AM
  • 43
    Thank you for this article! - 11/30/2013   8:25:00 AM
  • 42
    "SOME OF THESE UPLIFTING SAYINGS ACTUALLY PUT OTHER PEOPLE DOWN"
    That's the main point that I get from this article.
    In my opinion, statements like "real women have curves" or "only a dog wants a bone" or "men don't like bony women" - all of which I've seen in blogs here on Spark are as bad as the put downs of the overweight/obese that we complain about all the time.
    Even a previous comment to this article puts down the "muscular monsters."

    Be the best you can be and happy in your own skin - absolutely, but keep the negative comments about others to yourself.
    - 11/30/2013   6:58:48 AM
  • 41
    That is my regular complaint to Fitness Motivation on the Facebook. Their models are usually impossibly muscular people. "To get result, you have to work at it." True, but I don't want to look like some steroid monster. Show me that 260 pound girl struggling through her first 5k walk. SHE'S working it. The problem is, she sees the steroid monsters and thinks, "What's the use. I can never be like that. They're all judging me." They're not.

    But, I still say that sweaty woman at the bar(bell) in the gym is way sexier than that barbie doll at the bar on the corner. - 11/30/2013   1:00:04 AM
  • 40
    Molly is awesome! - 11/30/2013   12:34:48 AM
  • AMBER461
    39
    Thanks for sharing, this is interested. - 11/29/2013   9:52:09 PM
  • 38
    These images are just more emotional fluff. There's no real substance to them, just a quasi-feelgood vibe. - 11/29/2013   9:22:37 PM
  • 37
    I can understand where people in this thread are coming from. When I joined sparkpeople was inspired to run a triathlon, get to 130 instead of the 170 I originally had a goal of getting to, and be a bombshell. It's been a few years and I realized I really just need to start loving myself. Starting out, those images were really inspiring to me but now I realize that I need to be happy with my body at any state and be happy with what it can do, and push the boundary bit by bit, not use perfection as a goal post but substitute that with progress. - 11/29/2013   9:22:17 PM
  • 36
    So we should never see anything we might never be? Then you'll also need to remove all TVs from your home, never watch a movie, never look at a magazine, or for that matter never leave your house--because you will inevitably see someone that you will never look like, whether it's a Hollywood actress, a model, or a young girl in line ahead of you at the grocery store. I believe we've gotten too sensitive, too PC, and too self-accepting in this country, which is why we're the fattest most heart-attack-and-diabetes-prone nation in the world. You should love yourself as a human being, as a person, no matter your size or shape, but loving yourself also means not lying to yourself about things that need to change. The truth is that it's not healthy, and most of us are not happy, to be overweight and under-active; to keep telling ourselves that obesity is beautiful and "normal" and how "real women" look is equally, or rather more harmful to women . And if any us really believed it, we wouldn't all be here trying to lose weight and get fit. Sometimes the truth is painful, and we still need to hear and see it. "Real women have curves" is okay, but "real women have muscles" isn't? That's a double standard we allow because it's easier on us, but what's easier for us is not usually what's better for us. - 11/29/2013   9:15:25 PM
  • 35
    I find the posters and the images inspirational. Saying Strong is the new sexy with a picture of a healthy athletic person gives me a positive idea. What's wrong with working towards a goal, even if you can't reach it. Real progress is sometimes made because people step out of their comfort zones. The posters of real women have curves makes me aware that most women don't look like movie stars, but they also don't inspire me to work harder. Getting motivated to stretch yourself a little more each day, keeps you trying just a little bit harder. Maybe I will never makes the transformation that Jennifer Hudson did (from the Weight Watcher Ads), but isn't it a nice image to aim for ...and if I work hard at it, I might just get halfway there and wouldn't that be nice. - 11/29/2013   9:05:52 PM
  • 34
    ... I use everything and anything within reason and with realistic expectation's to motivate and inspire me. Some of these pics may be "after" pics of someone who was once very over weight, but even if they aren't I still think that they serve as inspiration and will motivate people and aspire them to be the best that "they" can be and not a carbon copy of the models depicted in the pics. - 11/29/2013   8:34:21 PM
  • 33
    I know I will never look like them, nor in my life time have I been FIT.
    I was skinny for years, just could not put on weight, but would love to have changed and start exercising for me (not because of School Gyms) that was the extent of my exercise. Images motivate me. Some look underweight to me, but that's their choice. I think a bit more wt on some would be more attractive. I also agree with someone that said we are getting so politically correct..... Lets just choose what we want to read or Not. Decide for ourselves. We are all adults and can deal with whatever is thrown on sparks. - 11/29/2013   7:28:23 PM
  • 32
    I get the author's point, however, I disagree with several assumptions she made. I do not look like the women in the fitspo posters but I AM inspired by them, not intimidated. I also recognize that most of those women are about 10 yrs my junior and have probably been fit all their lives and are likely competitive athletes so their body may not be achieveable to for me but I can strive to achieve the best level of fitness sustainable for me. I refuse to believe that people are so weak-minded and easily lead that a simple poster would lead them to extremes. Thinspo posters are/were a different animal- they were intended for an audience that was already sick and therefore susceptible to the unhealthy message in the posters. Lastly, I would like to point out that spark people's own motivational page has many of the same types of photos and messages. Perhaps we should remove the log from our own eyes before attempting to remove the speck from someone else's. - 11/29/2013   4:11:21 PM
  • 31
    everyone has their own idea of how this works. For me I decided it's my body God gave it to me so I get to decide how it looks. from this article I can tell that the author would not like my Bodybuilding fitboard. it has pictures like you describe. For me it's motivating. I am realistic that it takes hard work to look like that. So I use it as a goal..........nothing more. I believe that it's nothing more than a motivator for me. It's all about what you tell yourself. I would much rather have a fit persons picture hanging on my fridge than an obese person. Isn't our goal to get in shape and be healthy any way...? I thought so. - 11/29/2013   3:01:50 PM
  • SYLKAI
    30
    Thanks for an article highlighting some of the underlying, subtle messages attached to this kind of thing. Some people don't see them and just take the overall meaning. Some people do. Regardless, it's always worth being aware of all the messages we're endorsing.

    I hope we can all have a little more empathy when thinking about the struggle some of our fellow humans deal with when working towards getting into shape, instead of complaining about the "political correctness" and "weak minds." - 11/29/2013   2:45:52 PM

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