Lindsey Sirera
April 11, 2017 12:00 pm

Instagram can be a phenomenal resource for health and fitness inspiration at times. It can also, however, be tinged with toxic, underhandedly negative messaging. Essentially, it’s crucial to understand that a lot of the pictures and posts we see on the popular social media platform can be easily peppered up to show “ideal” results.

Which is exactly why it’s so ~dayum~ refreshing to see fitness stars show side-by-side snapshots that unearth the reality of posed photos.

You’ve probably seen “relaxed vs. posed” pics before and didn’t even realize it. Basically, these are candid side-by-side shots taken moments apart that reveal how good angles, proper lighting and the right posture (and lack of a food baby) can seriously misconstrue the nature of a photo. And it’s ahhh-mazing to see these posts gain popularity. Because not only are they truthful, but they also promote what really matters here: not a Photoshop-perfect body, but a happy *and* healthy body, no matter the shape or size!

These are just a few of our favorite fitness Instagrammers who’ve shared some seriously dramatic relaxed vs. posed selfies. And let’s make one thing clear: each and every one of these ladies looks gorgeous in *both* posed and relaxed posture!











Thanks for being so real with us, ladies! Your message is SO important.

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