Why Pinterest is Not Helping You Meet Your Fitness Goals

pinterest-iconI’ve been completely obsessed with the website Pinterest this year. I’ve even started CRAFTING! WHAT!? Well, I used to be more of an artsy-fartsy person, so I find crafting to be a great way to get in touch with my creative side, which seems to have been suppressed for quite a few years. Besides the fact that Pinterest may be keeping us hunched over our computers for hours upon hours scrolling through pretty pictures of crafts and food (I swear I don’t spend hours at a time on Pinterest…srsly), it’s also giving you some really poor fitness and nutrition information. This isn’t the fault of the folks at Pinterest, this is the fault of the people who find these weird articles online and decide to keep and Pin them for later use, and thus share this bad information with anyone who comes across it on the Health & Fitness board.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the site, Pinterest is divided into many categories and one of those categories is called “Health & Fitness.” In this category you’ll find pictures of women with lovely abs, healthier recipes, and workouts. I am going to take this opportunity to clear a few things up that tend to boil my blood on a regular basis. Actually, these things bother me so much that I have to avoid going to the Health and Fitness section on Pinterest just to keep my blood pressure down! So in theory, this post is more for my health than it is for your knowledge, but we’re still both getting something out of this…mmmkay?

Here are a few things that I see pretty regularly that annoy the crap out of me:

1. Specific exercises that will reduce fat in specific areas…
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I apologize to the beautiful girl in this photo. I’m sure she had nothing to do with the content of this “Pin” and this is only one of a million examples I could have chosen. But ladies, you need to learn that no exercise is going to “tighten up” your “love handles” or your “arm flab.”  “Love handles” and “arm flab” are fat and you can’t flex fat, you can only jiggle fat. The only way to get rid of stuff that jiggles is to tighten up your DIET! Also, remember, you can’t spot train (except if you’re trying to build muscle in a certain area). You will lose fat where your BODY wants to lose fat (and it never WANTS to lose fat…but that’s a different story). For instance, like many women, I carry more fat in my hips and thighs than I do in my upper body. I’d probably have to get really really lean up top before my legs to even start looking remotely “toned.” That’s just the way the body works. The sooner you learn this, the sooner you’ll stop trying to burn fat in specific areas. Yes, you can build up the muscle in your abs and back, but if you’re not dropping the fat via diet, you might actually just be thickening up your waist…

2. Cleanse and detox drink recipes…Screen Shot 2012-12-10 at 12.01.16 PM

Seriously people, you don’t need to go on a “detox” or a “cleanse” that’s going to have you chained to the toilet for days on end. If you have been eating a lot of crap and are feeling gross, just stop eating crap and start eating healthy again. Your body will work it out. And all this stuff about losing 10 lbs. in a week (or some nonsense like that), is BS. Any weight you lose will be water and once you start eating like a normal human being again, the weight will pile back on with possible added pounds since your body was starving for some real food and calories. Have fun with that.

3. Dumb tips to reduce cellulite…

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Cellulite is fat. And what did I say earlier about fat? You can’t spot reduce…right? So why are these random leg exercises going to help you reduce your cellulite? Reduce your overall body fat and chances are you’ll reduce your cellulite. And how do we do that again…? Well, through diet and SMART training. These silly little exercises might be OKAY for “toning” or whatnot, but they aren’t going to help rid you of your cellulite.

That was only a few things that bother me. I could seriously find a million irritating Pins as I scroll through that page, so I tend to avoid it altogether. There’s just so much crappy information that’s being spewed out to women regarding fitness and nutrition, so hopefully I’m helping a tiny bit in correcting that. On that note, I think I’m going to start a new habit.

Every week I read lots of solid articles by some of the greats within the fitness and nutrition industry. I might talk to my husband about them every now and then, but why not share them with you all? So I’m going to attempt to compile a few articles to share with you once a week. This accomplishes 3 things:

1. I get to share the real “good stuff” with ya’ll.

2. The authors of these blogs or articles will grow their readership (even if only by a couple of people).

3. It consistently gives me something to blog about!

So that’s that. Hope you guys are enjoying your holidays so far! Balance is key!

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3 thoughts on “Why Pinterest is Not Helping You Meet Your Fitness Goals

  1. I could not agree more! Those articles drive me crazy… and let’s not forget about all of the “healthy recipes” that are really just full of low-calorie, super processed junk.

    Glad to know there are some like-minded people out there 🙂

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