“Fitspiration” Is Bad For Your Motivation

Just a forewarning – this is unlikely to be your standard “fitness blog”, where I tell you the 49 best ways to improve your squat, or the secret list of foods that will kill your belly fat stone dead… This is going to be more of a first step into some aspects of the fitness industry that lie just beneath the surface, but are very rarely discussed.

Source: Why Fitspiration Is Killing Your Motivation

I find the “fitspiration” to be counterproductive.  People are fed this idea that if you work out, then you’ll look like these people! In reality, particularly for women, the body fat percentage of the people in fitspo images is extremely, extremely difficult to obtain. By starting out with an unrealistic standard, you’re greatly reducing the chance that people will stick with exercise… that body fat percentage takes a very specific diet, and people aren’t always aware of that, so they consider the exercise a “failure” if they don’t start looking super cut.  See: Why Don’t I Look Like My Goal Physique?

This was where I think the cross training for triathlon was good.  I’ve never been fond of running, but I attributed aspects of fitness/strength increases in other things (swimming, cycling) that motivated me to want to maintain that.  I’ve reached a point where I’m happy with my body fat percentage.  I eat now to maintain, but could stand to eat a little less if I want to see more definition.  But it’s not a priority.  What a difference a year has made.

Avoid Deprivation to Make a Dietary Change Stick

As every dieter knows, planning a diet and actually following through are two completely different things.

A new psychological study reveals exactly why this is.

Source: The Real Psychological Reason Diets Are Hard To Follow

If you don’t like eating something, it’s going to be really hard to stick to your diet.  For some of us, that means we need to find our gateway vegetable.

What Your Online Comments Say About You

When we comment on news stories, most of us hope to say something about the topic at hand — even (or maybe especially) if it’s that the author got it all wrong. But what do the comments we leave say about us — about our beliefs, our biases and how we act when the ordinary rules don’t apply? And how do our comments affect the beliefs of others?

Source: What Your Online Comments Say About You

The following was posited years ago:

Normal Person + Anonymity + Audience = Total Fuckwad

John Gabriel’s Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory

It happens in the real world. It has always happened… Why would it surprise anybody that it happens on the Internet?

Man, I just wanted to know how babby is formed

Someone is wrong on the Internet…

The Secret To Overcoming Procrastination: It’s Not About Willpower

Procrastination is a universal problem. Even the most irritatingly well-organized people know the agony of putting something off until the last … possible … minute. Why do we put ourselves through this misery, knowing the consequences? And how can we overcome the urge?

Unsurprisingly, there’s some deep-rooted psychology behind procrastination.

Source: The Secret To Overcoming Procrastination: It’s Not About Willpower

Hard work will pay off eventually, but procrastination pays off now 😉