Home > Fitness > How to get the most out of the gym 03 December 2013 What is 'fitspo'? ‘Fitspo’ is a growing trend on social media aimed at inspiring others to exercise and eat healthy. But is it all positive? 0 iStock Related The ugly side of 'Fitspiration' How to train like a fitness model PICS: Celebs who've battled with eating disorders take a Flexibility test » Receive Health tips » Ask Fitness Expert » Join Health24 on Facebook » 10 minute bikini-ready workout Why you need strength to run Fitspiration, or ‘fitspo’ is a growing phenomenon on social media sites such as Facebook and Pinterest which usually features a poster with a motivational quote around exercise or healthy eating. However, while some of them are indeed quite inspiring, some of them are dangerously close to the controversial ‘thinspo’ posters which promote being skinny and eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.Fitspo sites and posters generally promote more toned and muscular female figures as objects of motivation with ‘motivational’ quotes such as “I’ve learned that life is tough, but I am tougher”.However, others often miss the mark of being motivational and come very close to being destructive. Visit our gallery here, where we have identified some of the more harmful Fitspo posters and elaborated on why they miss the mark. Amy Jane Froneman More in Fitness The ridiculous things you see people do at the gym More: FitnessHow to get the most out of the gym advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.