Happy hump day, homies! Thanks for your comments about my workout hiatus. After enjoyable workouts yesterday & today, it’s safe to say I’m back in business! Continuing on the fitness talk, I wanted to post about the influence of social media, particularly Pinterest, on a healthy outlook. To an extent, the internet can be a fantastic source of recipes, workout ideas, and general motivation. Even simply tweeting about a planned workout or updating your Facebook status about your health goals alone can be a powerful motivator.
That being said, I have found myself repeatedly cringing at certain Pinterest images in the “Fitspiration” sectio.. Although this category of images are meant to act as motivation in the journey toward fitness and good health, some actually foster a negative and unhealthy approach to reach these idealistic standards. Tell me I’m not the only one who finds that such images have distorted the idea of what a “healthy” lifestyle is. To begin with these images promote unrealistic body image. I’m sure those cellulite-free, airbrushed models worked their asses off for those figures but does presenting only one body type mean a slim lean hourglass is the only ideal shape while body? Way to make people who don’t live up to these ideals feel crappy about themselves!
It goes without saying that my appearance is a huge reason why I work out. However, it’s not my only motivation. These pictures seem to solely focus on influence of exercise on aesthetics as opposed to health. Moving on, these images also suggest that such physiques can only be attained by extreme measures. You know I love workouts which push me to my limits, but not every workout has to leave your body feeling like it’s been hit by a train. As for the nutrition behind these physiques, maintaining such eating habits is not healthy in the long run.
In addition to workout intensity, these images suggest that such workouts need to occur every single day for progress. Heck if we want to see progress, we need to incorporate rest days. Recovery days are when muscles grow…muscles burn fat…see where I’m going with this? Rest days do not make you lazy or less dedicated.
Now for the actual messages which are being promoted on these images. “No pain no gain” is the underlying motto of most of them. Push through the pain if you want to see progress, right? ER NO! Run through it and you probably won’t be running again for a LONG while.
Fortunately there are still some inspirational and realistic pins in between all this crap. Some of my favorites include:
There’s no denying that Pinterest is a great resource, but definitely one that needs to be browsed with care. We can’t control what images are being pinned, but we can be responsible in how we interpret these messages.
I’m curious to hear your take on the “Fitspiration” section of Pinterest…!