If you're anything like everyone else on Instagram and Facebook, then your feeds are flooded with friends' workout selfies. There's the slouchy, not-so-flattering before picture, posted side-by-side with the after photo: a glowing shot of a glistening body toned from the rigorous run that obviously just happened.
That's totally the same story with this photo (above), right?
Wrong! Personal trainer and fitness blogger Sophie Kay snapped those selfies to prove a point — you can't believe everything you see!
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Sophie penned a powerful essay on Tumblr where she gets all Mythbusters on common health misconceptions, starting with the selfie.
Those two pictures she posted? They weren't before-and-after anything! Sophie explains:
"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!"
But she says these snaps aren't the only things you should pay no mind. She went on to tackle the truth regarding other fitness myths, like six-packs, food, exercise being easy, and speed.
But what inspired her to fight these fallacies head-on?
She just wants everyone to be happy in their own skin! She said:
"I wrote the post because as a personal trainer and a fitness blogger I've felt a lot of pressure to look a certain way and I'd just had enough! I'm only ever going to look like me so once I embraced that then I started to love my body and I want other people to love their bodies, too."
Amazing! We totally see those before-and-after pictures in a whole new light!
[Image via Sophie Kay/Instagram.]
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