So a topic of discussion that has been making waves is whether or not fitspiration is more damaging than good. For those who don't know, or maybe know it by a different term, its when there is a picture of someone athletic or healthy (sometimes just skinny) often followed by a motivational quote. Such as "It took more than a day to gain it, it will take more than a day to lose it."
The argument is that it can be misleading, or even discouraging. I personally find them motivating, and love them. I feel the people who first started to complain about fitspiration are the lazy people who have excuses, or are looking for the easy ways to get fit, and not getting results by sitting on the couch. However, I can understand how they can be damaging too. I am seeing more photos of skinny models, then toned, Normal, healthy bodies.
So, I would like to talk about how to use fitspiration...
- Fitspiration is positive
- Fitspiration should be motivating
- Fitspiration should encourage you.
- Fitspiration models should be healthy
- Fitspiration is NOT super skinny, or unhealthy
- Fitspiration should help you achieve your goals, not MOLD your goals
- Fitspiration is a tool to use, NOT a standard or expectation
You need to understand that every body is unique. It is unique in how you gain weight, and will be unique in how you lose weight. Your body is also unique in how you tone and build muscle. Your body is unique in its needs and wants and you need to fully understand this. If you choose to set goals and expectations off of another success, you WILL be sadly disappointed. Every body is unique. I can't stress this enough.
Remember that motivation and encouragement is good, but pulling it from bad sources or for wrong reasons can be damaging to your success.