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There’s currently quite the controversy brewing in the health, wellness, and fitness communities about “fitspiration”, or “fitspo”–aspirational images of people, items, or quotations meant to inspire and motivate viewers. The good: healthy, fit, realistic bodies, positive affirmations, cute gym clothes and shoes, and motivational quotes. The bad: generally unattainable {real or photoshopped} or unhealthy bodies, tiny meals, and/or faux-motivational quotes. To sum up the debate in a sentence, people are questioning fitspo for validity, possible harm, and a link to things like body shaming and eating disorders. {If you’re curious about any of this, check out these articles from gURL, Huffington Post, and Everyday Feminism for more info.} Personally, I consider myself a fitspo fan…the GOOD fitspo, anyway 😉 and I find images of healthy food, cute clothes, and inspirational quotes and mantras to be both engaging and motivating. It’s something I seek out. It’s something I enjoy.

Recently, while scrolling through my We Heart It app, I came across the image below…

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THIS is good fitspo. Actually, this might be the BEST fitspo! I knew I wanted to share it on TSB. Maybe it speaks to you, too? Though it lacks the traditional bright colors, attractive photography, gorgeous hand lettering, and toned bodies that many of the most popular fittie shots seem to feature, it gets everything right. The message is clear. The actions are simple. The focus is truly on health and fitness. It’s plain, yeah, but I found myself more inspired by this image than I have been in a long time. It’s health, balance, ease, and action. Baby steps. That’s what we should all be striving for.

How do you feel about fitspo?

xx,

Liza

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