In case you haven’t noticed from my most recent posts (like this one or this one) I’ve trailed off onto a much more opinionated, full-of-perspective path recently. I’ve been trying to figure out where it’s all coming from actually, and the reason that keeps popping up in my mind is this:
I want my readers to know what I stand for…I want them to know who I am.
Today is going to be no different.
I write things and I post images, and then later I see others discussing the very same thing and a much more negative connotation. (Not necessarily regarding my posts or images.) You see, I possess this certain quality I’m going to call anti-tunnel-vision. You know, open-mindedness. It’s a quality I’m not always fond of, because often times I find myself sitting on the fence. I question my thoughts. Am I thinking about this all wrong? Am I offending other people? (I talked about this a couple of weeks ago actually.) Some days, it’s a very sharp, pretty little picket fence that I sit upon. Those days are fun. Haha.
My thoughts have recently been of the on-the-fence kind regarding:
Body image and the ever controversial fitspiration.
I’m just going to dive right into this, because I tend to get too wordy up in here.
I’ve seen a number of opinions popping up on Twitter and Facebook recently, and many of them are of a negative nature – pointing fingers at what we all know as “fitspiration”, or for short, “fitspo”.
Honestly, I hate anything with suffix “-spo” on it. Hate it. “Fitspo”, “thinspo”, hell, add “–spo” to the end of “run” to make “runspo” and I’d hate it. Haha. That “-spo” first appeared (for me) as “thinspo” back in college, and I learned quickly that thinspo was an abbreviated term for anything that inspired women (or men) to be thin. Like, really thin. Fitspo then popped up, becoming an abbreviated term for anything inspired others to be fit. Being inspired to be fit is not a bad thing, right?
Wrong. Well, to quite a few others at least.
It may just be me, but the term “fitspiration” is one I use often, and when I say “often”, I don’t mean it comes up in verbal conversations. When I label something regarding fitness as inspiring, whether on Pinterest or Facebook or Twitter, I label it as “fitspiration”. What’s wrong with that? It’s innocent, right?
I’m willing to bet there’s a split audience here.
So what’s “fitspiration” to me???
It’s anything that inspires me to become a fitter me.
It’s anything that inspires me to become a stronger me.
It’s anything that inspires me to become faster, more confident in my body, or just in general, healthier.
It’s anything that inspires me to focus on becoming all of the above rather than an unhealthy, happens-to-be-thin version.
It’s anything that inspires me to use health and fitness to become a better ME.
Why is that so wrong? Why is “fitspiration” getting so much flack??
And you can get your ass I put many, if not all, of you in my big file of “fitspiration”. You don’t have to be skinny, run fast, lift the most, or run the most races to be inspiring, by the way. I’m getting off course here…
Yes, there are people who take becoming lean or strong or fit or thin too seriously. Yes, there are people that obsess over their physiques and become unhealthy mentally or physically. To those people, clothes size, the number on the scale, and the inches on the tape are everything.
Just because some people obsess doesn’t mean others do.
“Fitspiration” is far healthier than “thinspiration” in my opinion. It’s a far healthier goal. (Feel free to discuss “thinspo” below.) (There’s that “-spo” again. Gag. Haha.)
An image of a strong set of legs with an inspiring quote doesn’t mean that everyone who ‘likes’ it has an unhealthy obsession with their bodies.
An image of a solid pair of shoulders dripping in sweat doesn’t mean it either.
“Fitspiration” means a lot of things to me.
I had a whole list of ways to compare images based on their inspiring words put here, but this post is getting lengthy. Imagine that!
My “fitspiration” is my “fitspiration”. Just because I choose to label it that doesn’t mean I have an unhealthy obsession. It doesn’t mean I objectify other women (although, I do agree that some of the images used can go a bit far). It doesn’t mean that I have my sights set on a particular body I’m trying to achieve. I’m just trying to become a better me! If that means I pin a photo onto my “fitspiration” board, and the woman happens to be a size 2 and I’m just focused on the quote, that’s okay!!! Size 2 isn’t my goal. Healthy and fit is my goal. If it talks about a woman hitting 12% body fat, I won’t pin it. If it puts a skinny woman behind the words “eat less, crave less”, I’m not going to pin it. You just need to be aware of what’s inspiring you!
Yes, there are ways in which people become inspired in a negative way, but I’d like to think that the majority of society has good intentions. We need to be inspired! For me? Strength, character, compassion, empathy, and drive…I’m inspired by those things.
Just be inspired.
#findyourfit (It fits so many different things! Wee!)
QOTD: What does “fitspiration” mean to you? What inspires you?