Ok, confession time: Rebelling against the expectations of a ‘fitspo’, I’ll admit that sometimes I really struggle to find the motivation to workout – day in and day out.
Despite popular opinion, not all ‘fitness goers’ (or whatever it is you wanna call us fitness meatheads) love working out 24/7. I know it’s very un motivational of me to admit, but quite frankly, I don’t give a damn. I like to think i’m quite real with you guys. Actually scrap the
quite – I am real with you guys.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to workout. I love to sweat. I love to challenge my body in ways it’s never been challenged before and I love giving myself that well needed ‘me’ time but sometimes, just sometimes, there are days when I want to put down the gym bag and do anything but fitness.
It seems that over the past year or so, social media has formed this perspective and stereotype that any fitness blogger, goer or doer has to represent their love for fitness all day, every day and whilst I love a motivational person as much as the next, it’s just not realistic.
Women (and men) involved in the fitness industry on social media are suddenly feeling obliged to fulfil their role as a ‘fitspo’ (aka, fitness inspiration – commonly labelled by their followers) which results in a false representation of who they really are – a human being. Who, let me remind you, are capable of becoming tired, unmotivated and hungry for anything but fitness.
But guess what? The realms of reality are slowly (but surely) shining through on social media and thank f*ck for that. Fitness bloggers, fitness goers and fitness inspirations are calling BS to being the perfect image. BS to eating healthy seven days a week and BS to being motivated every single day. We’re finally allowing ourselves to show the real side of fitness – the good, the bad and the ugly. That’s not us putting on a show – that’s us saying that fitness isn’t maintainable 24/7.
We don’t need to create a mask for social media. We don’t need to create a mask for our followers. Heck, we don’t even need to create a mask – full stop. What we need to create is a new fitspo that shows you the good, the bad, the highs and the lows.
At the end of the day, we can all sit around and argue what the real definition of fitspo is, or we can admit the truth: The best type of fitspo is considering yourself not to be fitspo at all, but instead somebody who just loves fitness in their own little way.