A few months ago, I read an awesome piece about so-called ‘inspirational’ fitness posts on Pinterest; unfortunately, I can’t relocate the blog post. But the author wrote that instead of feeling inspired by certain images, she thought they were promoting restrictive/compulsive/unhealthy behaviors under the guide of ‘being your best’ (does anyone know what blog post I’m talking about?). This is not the same article, but it sums up the philosophy quite nicely: Why Fitspiration Isn’t So Inspirational.
The authors of both blogs are talking about Pins like this – it’s not just the images but also the text. And sometimes it’s the combo of the images and the text. And of course it depends on the perspective of the person looking at the pin.
So. I’m not saying that those pins are “bad” or “wrong.” Maybe that kind of stuff works for you. Maybe it reeeeeally motivates you in a positive way. Everyone is different.
But, like the authors of those blog posts, those images don’t have that positive impact on me. That stuff makes me feel bad on numerous levels – if I internalize the messaging. I understand the sentiment (short-term sacrifices for long-term gains are typically true in all areas of life), but this messaging makes me feel like we’re confounding health with hotness… and that version of health is about deprivation. And super muscular, super skinny is the only acceptable way for my body to look. Sometimes, I can get behind the text alone, but then the image ruins it for me.
So a while back, I started a board on Pinterest called Non-Warped Fitness Inspiration Pics. I try to fill it with motivational stuff, positive images, happy quotes, and funny clips – like this:
I notice that the Pins that inspire me the most address concepts like: staying committed, having fun with fitness, making positive choices, having a good attitude, and reinforce the idea that you don’t have to be perfect.
I’d love to add some more pins to my board! What Pins really inspire you? Link away! Do you like the super sexy woman pins or do they just not do it for you?