Jealous of food bloggers

I’m jealous of food bloggers.  It’s so easy to entice people with pictures of delicious looking food that makes us salivate.  We want to read.  We want to get the recipe.  I could stare at pictures of food for longer than is probably healthy.

Come for the Pancakes. Stay for the health.

Come for the Pancakes. Stay for the health.

I write a fitness blog.  I have to convince people they want and should like to move.  They don’t come to me necessarily loving exercise the way so many of us love food.  I can’t just post pictures of delicious food that encourages people to read further.  And if I posted pictures of incredibly sexy women, I may get accused of a variety of things including sexualizing women.  And, besides most of us don’t want to devote the time and follow the strict diet restraints to get ourselves to look like a model, myself included.  And, really, I’d rather look at food.  A beautiful picture of a woman in a blog or in a magazine is rarely what motivates me to move.

I don’t really want people to be motivated by a perfect-seeming body.  I want people to move so they feel good and become healthier.  Ideally, I’d be posting pictures of muscles, healthy hearts, and luscious livers but those images seem like more of a deterrent. Who goes to a site to see that oh so enticing picture of a kidney?   There are motivational images and taglines.  And those are nice.

But when people see a picture of pumpkin pancakes slathered in syrup, they print off the recipe and make it.  When we see a motivational image of a healthy woman on a mountain, how many of us hike a mountain later that week?  It’s a far bigger commitment and more time consuming.

And I guess that’s the difference.  Committing to move is more of a challenge than committing to cook one recipe one time.  So what is it that motivates you?  What is it that gets you moving on any given day?  What is it that you see, read, hear or feel that makes you go take that walk or show up to a fitness class with as much ease as you’d print off a recipe and try it?

I want to know what makes your muscles tick, not your taste buds.


About the Author:

Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

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