Finally. A refreshing and positive body image story to start the day with!
We’re all guilty of following ‘inspiration’ accounts on Instagram, right?
It seems to be a subconscious belief that the act of clicking on that ‘follow’ button, thereby adding pretty pictures of healthy snacks and the odd toned body in brightly coloured fitness garb to our feeds, somehow instantly makes us marginally fitter. By association, right?
The intention is there. We’ll get round to completing that squat challenge. We’ll dust off those trainers. We’ll try one of those million different ways to eat avocado. One day.
But if you, like us, feel a slight pang of guilt every time we see a flash of a six pack on our timeline, this fitness blogger has just re-hammered some real home truths.
Instagram is not what it seems. Who’d have thought?
In an inspirational post on TheFitologyWay.com, personal trainer and blogger Sophia Kay has single handedly started a mission to bust all of the workout myths that Instagram helps to feed.
She says, “The world of perfect abs, long legs and sweat-free faces on Instagram portrays an image of fitness that is fun, easy and full of happiness. It can be all of these things but it can also be tiring, tough, demoralising and grump-inducing when you’re getting up and it’s still dark outside. Plus, no one actually looks perfect if they’re working out properly!”
And those ‘before and after’ workout pictures are hardly ever accurate, guys.
In a bid to demonstrate just how much a filter can help – and come on, we’re all guilty of relying too much on a little Valencia – Sophia showed these two shots.
Whilst it may seem that this is a typical ‘progress’ shot (as they’re referred to in the world of Insta fitness), they were, in fact, taken just minutes apart from one another.
She says, “All I did in the 3 minutes between the two photos was to turn off the overhead light, put on underwear that fit better, twist my body slightly to the side to show off my best angle, flex and, of course, add a filter. So don’t pay much attention to those ‘before and after’ shots!”
Everyone’s bodies are different and beautiful. Yes, this may sound like the most inanely obvious statement to make, but in a world where apps allow you to alter your face and figure for every social media selfie, it’s certainly worth underlining.
The kick ass post, which can be read fully here, also outlines that you do not have to have a six pack to be fit (HELL YEAH) and that you simply cannot eat any form of tasty food (see pizza and chocolate) to be healthy. Preach.
Sophia pretty much sums it up: “It’s all about living a balanced lifestyle.”
We’re off to order a pizza…
By Laura Jane Turner