Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t one of all of our favorite websites Pinterest? It’s the one we love to hate. The one we get lost on for hours on end when we go on. The one where we plan for our future kids, future weddings, homes we will never live in, places we will never go. I know it is one of my favorites. I get recipe ideas, DIY ideas, and workout ideas. But, sometimes, it just makes me mad.
Why do you ask? It has nothing to do with spending a lot of time on there. It has to come with some things that are promoted; I’m talking about those fitness ones.
This is pretty much a rant, but on things that really anger me when I see them on Pinterest. Everyone wants a quick fix, and wants to get skinny now, lose calories fast, etc. Reality is that it takes burning about 3500 calories to lose 1 lb. You also need to not only work out, but to focus on your diet and eat healthy food. Do you see that when the pins say “lose weight now with this workout?” No. Here are some of my favorite ones.
Yes, fitting into your skinny jeans is nice, but working out for your health is a better reason.
Tried it. Doesn’t burn 100 calories.
Arm fat? Really? We are now talking about someone’s arm fat. Hmm, I can say I never ever thought about my “arm fat”. Instead, let’s talk about how to tone up those muscles and include some strength training into the weekly workouts.
Again, this isn’t true.
Oh, another one? What is with all the fast fixes? It takes work to burn calories. I have worked my butt off for a long time to burn calories. Here’s a slight comparison. I run at 7.3 for 5 miles and I burn around 400. That’s running. If I just do some jumping jacks, crunches, squats, and push ups, there is no way I would burn 100 calories. That would mean if I did it 4 times it would equal the amount of effort running 5 miles takes. No, and this is terrible to even promote, especially because everyone is different.
Spot training. My favorite. We all have areas we want to fix or work on, but the truth is you can’t just focus on that. When you tone up everywhere, and focus on making healthier choices with your diet, that’s when you will see changes all over.
The infamous “thigh gap.” I’ll say it; I wish my thighs were skinnier. I wish that I could have thighs like others that fit into pants, or look great. I don’t have those, but my legs carry me while I run. They let me lift heavy weights. They keep me moving and in shape everyday. I’d rather have these thighs than some with a gap in the middle.
And after just telling you I don’t like my thighs, I will let you in on a secret that I used to do these workouts. Another secret: they didn’t work.
Alright, just had to get that off my chest. I love Pinterest and obviously am not letting my obsession come to an end. There are just things that I wish weren’t on there. I didn’t even touch on the #fitspiration, but I just wish people would focus more on making better decisions on their health, incorporate fitness and healthy food options, and you will see results. I feel bad for anyone who thinks they have to have thinner thighs, lose arm fat, burn 100 calories in 2 minutes, etc. It’s not the right way to live.