Is The Key To Exercise Motivation On Pinterest?

he Motivational Quotes and Pictures on Facebook and Pinterest
Move You To Action?   

I have a question for you: Do fitness boards on Pinterest motivate you to exercise?

If you’ve joined Pinterest and are following fitness boards you’re seeing a lot of motivational posters like this one:


And this one.


And maybe even this one.


These have started filling up my news feed on Facebook as well.  Tons of people hit ‘like’ and ‘share’ which keeps them moving along.  I don’t usually share these types of posts unless I see one and I just can’t resist, as was the case with this one:

A Question In Need Of An Answer

Here’s my question to you (and I hope you’ll respond back using the comment section so I will be closer to having an answer to my question):

Do these motivational pictures really motivate anyone into action or have any impact on behavior change?


Have they reached such a level of over-saturation that you just scroll past them without reading them?


Are you like me and see people in the pictures that are in such amazing shape and doing crazy athletic things that I know I’ll never be able to do – like in this one . . . . . .


. . . . .that I figure I might as well lay back down and watch one more rerun of Law & Order?

I’m absolutely serious when I tell you that this is a question that has plagued me ever since they began to take over Facebook.  Are these motivational to you?  Do they inspire you achieve things that you didn’t think you ever could?

The art and science of motivation is something that I aspire to learn more about each and every day.  That’s why I need your help.  What motivates you to do more?

(Note – all of the pictures were added to this post using the embed feature available on Pinterest. Is that legal?)


  1. I would have to say no. I see very little motivation coming from these posters. I do enjoy the quotes and even as some make a good point, I don’t think seeing one of them on facebook or pinterest is going to make me get off the couch.

  2. I just started using pinterest and I have to say it has alot of uses. I like the fact that I can have all the articles I research “pinned” in one place.

  3. Karen, I really don’t like those kind of pics. Just when I feel I am getting out there and doing my best and see something like that I feel I need to start all over again. I feel that they unmotivate me because there are just some things you are unable to do and I don’t need to be reminded of it. Those that can my hats off to ya!