The Flipside of Fitspiration

I have a small but growing collection of fitspiration pictures on Pinterest. Occasionally I find new stuff to pin, but honestly, I have an ambivalent attitude toward fitspiration – most pictures and quotes leave me either cold or annoy me for one reason or another.

Here’s a couple of examples of annoying fitspiration – and what I think is wrong with them.

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Unless you puke, faint or die, keep going.” Yeah, that’s a great way to take care of yourself and avoid injuries. Frankly, I think the above fitspiration picture is targeted for teenage anorexics who use exercise as a form of punishment. I wouldn’t recommend that attitude toward exercise to anyone.

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I like this picture a lot, but I still don’t feel inspired by it. Why? Most women who pose on fitspiration pictures are fitness models in their twenties. How much work would it require to gain and keep a body like that? Three hours a day?

Not a very realistic goal for anyone my age who has other things in her life than exercise. And  for many reasons, I wouldn’t look like that anyway. I want exercise to be an important part of my life, not dedicate my whole life to it.

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Marion might actually be able to do that asana(?)! She might also be inspired about the picture, but to me it’s just such an impossible looking goal that it fails to inspire me at all. I’m more inspired by something I can actually almost do. Besides, I just gave up training for my military push up goal so I don’t feel inspired by a new “impossible goal”.

Maybe fitspiration is really meant for younger folks, and plumped up middle-aged women like me need their fitspiration more realistic? So I made a couple of my own fitspiration pictures. The second isn’t even about fitness, it’s about celebrating life.

Source: bodycapable.com via Satu on Pinterest

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I added my favorite quote from James Levine: “Better to live on your feet than die on your seat“. It’s something that really inspires me from day to day. If I don’t move, I don’t feel alive.

Source: bodycapable.com via Satu on Pinterest

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I made this one too. I purchased a stock photo, added some sparkles and a Geneen Roth quote from one of her books. I like my own inspiration picture a lot. 🙂 I’d like to be more able to live like that in my own life.

What kind of fitspiration inspires you the most?

Comments

  1. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! Well, I actually liked your two favorite ones the best too. I actually adore sparkles and pink. And I love common sense with fitness. I also hate that first photo and saying, because that’s the surest way to injury.

    Regarding headstands, I can do them similar to the picture. However, I’m still not as thin as that girl, so I probably don’t look that great. And I’m not certain they gain a person any higher fitness level at all. For me, they were more about self-exploration–just to see if I could do something I’d spent my entire life thinking was impossible for me. I just wanted to understand myself better. It really wasn’t a fitness thing at all. It was just disguised as a fitness thing.

    Back to the pink and sparkles, I want to paint my room green, and have pink, and pinkish-purple accents. And more plants. 😀 Maybe this summer.

    🙂 Marion

    • Satu says:

      Green room with pink/pink purple accents sounds good! 🙂

  2. I’m the same. So many of those fitspiration type things leave me cold. Like you I see young women with AMAZING bodies, that are so far from the realm of possibility for me I can’t relate to them!

    I like the ‘celebrating life’ idea.

    Deb

    • Satu says:

      I love the celebrating life graphic too. It makes me feel like a rebellious little princess! 🙂

  3. Lori says:

    I have to be very careful about what I use for inspiration because I compare too much. Most fitness posts show women who are really lean – and nobody is always that lean, just for photo shoots and competitions. I don’t want to put an idea in my head that I have to aspire to that kind of leanness – which I don’t even think is possible for me, nor do I really want to look like that. I have to know how far I am willing to go to look good and still be happy with how I eat and exercise without being miserable. If that means 10 pounds heavier, than so be it.

    I do have to say, though, that I think Rachel Cosgrove is about my ideal.

  4. The chick in pic #1 isn’t even sweating. She’s sun bathing. And in pic #2, who the hell poses like that at the gym anyways? sheesh! Err, I do like her outfit though. **snicker**

    • Satu says:

      You’re right about the pictures, esp #1. She doesn’t look exhausted but she is rail thin, which I think is the point… 🙂

  5. Aimee says:

    Photo #1 is ridiculous. I really loathe that Biggest Loser mentality that you have to get physically ill in order to be effectively working out. If that were the case not too many people would sign up for gym memberships. I would love to know what gym the girl in photo #2 goes to. It sure as heck isn’t mine.

    I love your photos. They are words to live by!

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