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Concerns From a Fitness Professional

Last month, in Why Fit is the New Thin, I explored how the “fitspiration” phenomenon can be uncomfortably reminiscent of the “thinspiration” phenomenon. They aren’t entirely identical; thinspiration is pretty much always about collecting pictures that glorify an unhealthy and unattainable standard of beauty (skinny). Fitspiration can be about motivating and empowering yourself to try rock climbing, do a handstand, run a marathon or reach some other kick-ass physical fitness goal. But it can also be about glorifying an unhealthy and unattainable standard of beauty… and because it all gets dressed up as “fitness,” the unhealthy parts can be a lot harder to pick out. I offered some guidelines that help me separate the “this makes me want to run outside and be sweaty and awesome!” stuff from the “this makes me feel like dog poo if  I can only go to the gym for 35 minutes instead of 45 minutes today.”

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Body Image Warrior Week: Rosie Molinary

Body Image Warrior Week via AlreadyPretty

Rosie Molinary is another new-to-me writer (she’s not all new — she’s written several books — I am just filling a lot of gaps in my body image knowledge this week!) and I’m loving that she found inspiration in a Nike ad, of all places. And then took it way beyond where the good people at Nike might have expected. 

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