Are ‘Fitspiration’ Photos or Quotes Motivating to You?

Hey everyone!

Yesterday was beaaaauuutiful weather, so we had an even more awesome day than we’d planned on.

And this mama got to take a 1.5 hour nap (Lily took just about a 3 hour nap). I guess you could say we both needed it, because we both slept deeply! 😉

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Are ‘Fitspiration’ Photos or Quotes Motivating to You?

I was pinning away the other day and I was looking through some of my boards (follow me on Pinterest!), and I saw that I have a LOT of ‘fitspiration’ photos and ‘fitspiration’ photos with motivational captions/quotes.

For me personally, some of these photos and quotes are motivating to me. I also get really great ideas of motivational cues & quotes to use when I am teaching fitness classes, so I like pinning these type of things.  I definitely prefer just the quotes, but sometimes a picture can be motivating to me.

I get it if it’s not your thing, but because I am in a pretty positive head space, enjoy working out, and like to improve my fitness, I feel that these type of quotes and some pictures can drive me to achieve better results.

BUT, fitness/my physique is not my life, and I am not willing to sacrifice a whole bunch for it….so I sort of just let the quotes sink in, and let them come to the surface when I need them (in the gym, teaching a class, when my alarm goes off, etc.)

However, in speaking about some of the ‘fitspiration’ photos/quotes, I do NOT like:

  • photos that look super photoshopped
  • quotes that talk about getting ‘skinny’
  • quotes that seem super DEmotivating to me (ones that make you feel like a failure already)
  • photos that seem to be about showing off a woman sexually instead of her strong muscles (I especially love arms and quads!)
  • quotes that are just annoying (hah! how do you define that?!)

{the quote is hilarious, but the picture is a bit much for me–mostly because I don’t want to give up some stuff to look like that ;)}

Some fitspiration quotes/photos that motivate me:

{this picture is more motivating to me because it seems more attainable for me & my lifestyle, and she is a bit more covered up}

I guess the hardest part about my feelings on these photos & quotes is that there isn’t really a real definition of ‘fitspiration’ and everyone is so different, so what motivates each of us has to be different too.

And finally, a lot of my motivation and drive for greater strength/fitness results comes from within….of course it helps to have some of these great thoughts, cues, and quotes to keep me going (or get me to the gym), but if it doesn’t come from within FIRST, you’re screwed.

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Those are my thoughts on all of that! Share yours in the comments :)

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Thankful Thursday

  1. I am thankful for the sunshine! It makes me so so so so happy.
  2. I am thankful that baby Lily is nursing longer on each side lately. Wahoo!
  3. I am grateful for my faith and what it gives me day in and day out: hope.

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Have a GREAT day! <3

Let’s hear from YOU!! What are YOUR thoughts on ‘Fitspiration’ photos or quotes??! Motivating?? Annoying?? What are YOU thankful for today!!?

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  1. I think quotes are motivating but not pictures – everyone’s body is so different that trying to look like someone else is dumb in my opinion :)
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  2. Kaitlyn says:

    I agree with you that how someone takes a photo/quote can totally depend on their mindset. I know that on some days, I can see a given picture and be inspired by it-not because I want to look like that personally, but because it inspires me to value my strength and challenge myself. But, on other days, I know I may get really frustrated at the exact same picture because I don’t look like that, etc. It’s a good mental challenge, though, to work through the frustrations and get inspired even if I may not be in the most positive mindset.

  3. I don’t find pictures motivating because (as mentioned above) every person has a different body and can achieve different things.
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  4. I do like the quotes (as long as they’re not way out there!) and I like photos of realistic looking athletes. If you’re living a normal life and eating carbs and all that jazz, it’s pretty difficult to attain some of the bodies posted. I use Insta as my fitspiration. When I see my friends and fellow bloggers working out, it inspires me!
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  5. Hmmm, I’ve never really put a whole lot of thought into this until now to be honest! If I really think about it, I think you’re right, the women that are overly bulky and/or show too much is annoying/unrealistic to me, so it doesn’t really motivate me. In fact, most photos don’t really motivate me because I recognize we’re all different. I do like motivational quotes that are realistic and not corny. :)
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  6. For me, quotes are much more motivating than actual photographs. The words definitely have more meaning to me than anything else!
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  7. That’s a tough one! I think that ‘fitspo’ pictures can be a good thing if they’re promoting a realistic and motivating image – positive quotes, etc. Ones that are half naked, showing 4% bodyfat or are promoting something dangerous (there’s one floating around that says: “Unless you puke, faint, or die, keep going.” Not a good message) are ones that I like to avoid. I think the positive ones can be motivating, but people have to remember that all body types are different so you may not be able to get the ‘body type’ that fitspiration shows.
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  8. I have mixed feelings about ‘fitspo’. I worry that some only shame and make women feel worse about themselves than they already might. In general, most of my motivation comes from within, so I rarely look at them. I’m super-grateful for that and the burst of energy and motivation to deep-clean parts of my house this morning.
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  9. danielle says:

    love this post girly!!!! i really do not care for the images that include bodies on them, for me i get inspired by spiritual or biblical quotes. images are not necessary but sometimes pretty to look at it if it’s scenic or something. i follow positive people and love reading their inspiring messages daily, i don’t follow pages or people that make me feel less than. it’s just my own personal coping deal. i love seeing positive and being positive, i love a great feel-good message!
    today i’m thankful for this amazing May weather, it’s fresh outside and cooler, and it’s just lovely. I’m also thankful for Sunbutter. Where has this been all my life? that’s the real mystery! haha
    xoxoxo

  10. We like quotes, all types! For fitness ones we find ones with a person to be motivating. But that is us personally as we know our bodies and have our own goals so they do not make us feel bad instead us inspire us to be the best version of us.
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  11. I pretty much agree with you on this. I love them inspirational images, just not when they are too over the top or sexy.
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