Redefining Fitspo

This has been re-uploaded from LaceyFitspo Tumblr back in March 2017.

I have always considered myself to be a “fitspo” blog, but a while back I found myself falling out of love with the word as I noticed there were a few people who considered it to be the new skinny. so I thought I would remind myself and others how the perception of fitness has changed over the past couple of years.

When I first started this blog, I wasn’t truly aware of what it meant to be healthy. I’m no expert on fitness and nutrition, but to constantly wear myself out at the gym and worry about whether I am eating right or not is not good. As many of you may already be aware, I have been trying to move away from this focus, and to instead balance a healthy lifestyle with a happy one.

A lot of online platforms are changing the game when it comes to health and fitness. PopSugar are a very encouraging website if you’re looking for health guidance, with not only mouth watering recipes that are good for you, but there’s also body positive articles which bring you down to earth and remind you that you don’t need to have the body of Miranda Kerr for your body to be beautiful. That’s something we need to see more of.

Even Cosmo are jumping on the bandwagon, and they don’t just cover exercise and body talk, they actually cover medical stories too, which some people could feel motivated by reading. I may be slightly biased, however, as the header image on the website is a girl in a sports bra eating a huge slice of pizza…

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I will admit that I don’t get the same encouragement from magazines. I have never been a big magazine reader, but now and then I give them a chance and I will feel like I have wasted my money. Why? Because I buy it based on what’s on the cover, hoping to find some handy guides, but it is mostly just advertising. I know that many magazines make their money through promoting products, but there is often so much jammed into the articles that it’s basically saying “you will never be worthy unless you waste your money on these.” So to round that bit up… Don’t turn to a magazine if you want health and fitness advice.

Social media? I will be honest here, if you want the right advice or inspiration then you need to look in the right places. I have followed various accounts on Instagram only to unfollow them later because their views aren’t as healthy as I originally thought. I stand by Blogilates religiously, but I will also recommend Grace Fit (especially for booty inspiration… not that it should be a specific goal, but it may convince you to not skip leg day). But also remember to follow smaller accounts to create social encouragement and interact with one another.

So this is my take on the great things, and a slight view on the bad things, about being fitspo! What do you do to keep yourself motivated?

17 thoughts on “Redefining Fitspo

  1. I sometimes have to come off social media for a bit since it is quite depressing! I follow a lot of gorgeous women and they are #goals, but Instagram is where you put your best face forward and it gives me major envy!
    I don’t really do much in terms of fitness other than making sure I don’t eat too much junk. Gyming doesn’t interest me so I think I’ll have to go with a buddy or play a sport!

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  2. It is easy for us to get caught up in the magazines, news, and whatever we read not the internet. You are exactly right, not everything we see and read are really telling us what is healthy. Great post!

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  3. I am so glad that perspective has altered recently and girls are no longer being convinced to chase the skinny ideal. I personally believe in maintaining a healthy and happy diet and positive body image. Not a great magazine reader too I prefer real books with more fruitful content. Will check out Blogilates.

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  4. I too try to keep a balanced healthy lifestyle. For years I did yoyo diets and crazy unrealistic work outs just to not fully commit. Now I just try to eat healthy and be as active as possible.

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  5. I think that it is all about point of reference, I love that people can use fitspo to motivate and that social media and websites can aid this but I agree it can be taken negatively and too far… btw you look amazing in the cover pic!

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