Fitspiration is an often-debated topic in healthy-living blogland, and it obviously hit mainstream media this week with the fall-out from the ‘Fitspo’ picture Maria Kang posted on her Facebook page.
It wasn’t so long ago that people would know you’d been working out only if they happened to see you at the gym or asked what you’d been doing. Now, it’s de rigueur to post your workouts, selfies from the gym, or photos of your salad on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest ... you get the idea. Social media has meant that we’re inundated with images of our friends’ workouts. I do it all the time (I mean, it’s kind of my job, but still).
Fitspiration is different from seeing a picture of your friend’s treadmill display, though. It’s supposedly created deliberately to motivate you to work out. But does it motivate? Or is it more about using the power of guilt and shame?