Feel like whenever you log on to Instagram an overload of “fitspiration” is shoved in your face? Sick and tired of reading about people who go to the gym twice a day, every damn day?
Coming across “motivational” fitspiration in social media is unavoidable, but all it does is make us feel bad about ourselves. At least it does to me. “You have to go through the worst to get to the best”, “Do it for the thigh gap” and “This month’s diet is next month’s body” really doesn’t do any good.
Many are under the impression that you either go all in or you go home, which leads too many into this vicious circle where they obsess about hitting the gym, pushing their bodies to the absolute limit. And when they can’t uphold their so-called healthy lifestyle over time, they punish themselves for failing (which is definitely not healthy). At that point I think many of us need to rethink what it means to take care of your bodies.
Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for what you ate.
Being active and taking care of your health is important, no doubt about it, and we will never say otherwise. What we on the other hand will say is; don’t stress it! You don’t need to have abs, be able to run a marathon or lift a building to deserve a pat on the shoulder! All you need to do is find what works for you and have fun doing it. Like to walk? Then go for a walk! Like yoga? Then practice yoga! Like to play basketball? Then play basketball! Prefer to only do it occasionally, well, then do it occasionally.
Personally, it took me a while do understand this, but when I did, I unfollowed all those so-called inspirational accounts and founded Best of You with my two friends, Linnea and Victoria. Because we want this platform to be a true place of inspiration and happiness, not a place of shame of not feeling good enough. Because you are good enough. With or without abs!
We all need a little extra motivation or inspiration to get moving sometimes, but let’s do it the right way, ok? So, dear reader, don’t stress it. Take small steps and find what works for you and what makes you happy. And most importantly, do it for the right reasons.
By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: PopSugar