In case you’ve never heard of it, fitspo is a shorter term for fit inspiration. Basically, it’s like thinspo, but instead of encouraging people to lose weight and get thin, it’s supposed to encourage people to exercise and get fit. Get it?
While certain forms of fitspo can be just as shaming and dangerous as thinspo (something Ashley has discussed before), I’m generally pretty into it. I think exercise is very important for everyone and I support fitspo when it is encouraging people to be healthy rather than to look a certain way. Many times reading fitspo quotes has motivated me to hit the gym, which ends up feeling great. But during my time reblogging and pinning motivational fitspo quotes, I’ve come across some people who are way too into fitspo and basically just say the most annoying things ever.
Look, it’s great if you have a daily exercise routine and you eat very healthy – if you’re on the Paleo diet or you eat clean or whatever. Good for you! Seriously. But that doesn’t mean we all need to hear about it all the time. It also doesn’t mean you have the right to talk down to other people who aren’t “as fit” as you. I’ve found that a lot of people who are really into fitspo are, maybe inadvertently, also into shaming those who aren’t as into that lifestyle.
Fitspo should be encouraging in the right way. It should be about motivating people to be healthy and to care for their bodies. It shouldn’t be about bullying people into eating a certain way or exercising a certain amount of time. And it definitely shouldn’t be about bragging about your accomplishments while simultaneously making everyone else feel crappy about their not-as-healthy choices.
So, that being said, here are the 10 most annoying types of fitspo things people say. Not all of these are exactly shaming – many of them are just annoying people being smug and patronizing. These are all real, by the way, pulled from social media at it’s finest.
“I don’t want to hear that you have no time to exercise or eat healthy. If I can do it, so can you!”
Great, you make time out of your busy schedule to exercise and diet. But not everyone places the same amount of importance on that. Stop being so judgmental!
“Who said eating healthy is boring?”
This is always accompanied by a picture of something healthy that looks delicious. Literally FIVE girls I know do this at least once a week. Ugh, we get it.
“You can feel sore tomorrow or you can feel sorry. Your choice.”
Are there no other options? Really? Damn.
“Skinny is not sexy. Healthy is.”
Saying skinny isn’t sexy is insulting to anyone who is naturally thin and has trouble putting weight on. Stop it!
I sort of get this one, but at the same time, I don’t. Saying this is basically saying, no matter what is going on in your life, you need to exercise. And that’s a little over-the-top.
“I don’t understand why people say eating healthy and working out is hard. It’s not!”
Let’s be real: for most people, it IS hard. Eating healthy is more expensive than eating junk food and also takes more time and preparation. Exercising is difficult for a lot of people for many reasons. If both of these things were as simple as you whine about, everyone would be doing them!
“Suck it up – and one day, you won’t have to suck it in.”
I just… this is thinspo, right?
“I just did an hour of cardio. What did YOU do tonight?”
I sat on the couch and ate popcorn while I watched movies. And I have no regrets, so you can stop being so damn patronizing.
“Some wish for it, I work for it.”
Well, aren’t you perfect, huh?
“Spaghetti squash tastes JUST LIKE real pasta! Better, even.”
NO IT DOES NOT. It’s good, but let’s not get carried away here.
Which of these things do you find the most annoying? Have you ever said any of these? Are you into fitspo? Tell us in the comments.