2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

An Evaluation of Fitspiration Viewing and Exercise Behavior in College Students


Sarah Philpot* and Artur Krysiuk
Dr. Kristen E. Welker, Faculty Mentor

“Fitspiration” (fitness and inspiration) pages are common on many popular social networking sites and are associated with short term motivation for exercise and decreased body satisfaction. The purpose of this study is to explore ways in which viewing fitspiration pages may influence exercise behaviors for college students.

This study utilized a cross-sectional survey approach and was distributed to college students. 416 college students completed surveys.

About half (n = 204) of the students viewed fitspiration pages, and students who viewed fitness pages reported exercising more. Students who viewed fitspiration pages reported exercising for fitness, muscle-building, and enjoyment. CrossFit and professional fitness organization pages were associated with increased exercise.

Fitspiration pages were viewed by individuals who exercise more, and who had goals unrelated to weight loss. Additional research is needed to explore the relationships between fitspiration page viewing and fitness goals, and identify additional reasoning for viewing these pages.

Keywords: Fitspiration, Physical Activity, College Health, Social Media

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 4-4
Location: SUB GEO
Time: 3:00

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