Every time I scroll through headlines or feeds promoting healthy eating and living well, the wellness representative always has a look. She’s typically a she, almost always white, usually thin, conventionally attractive, and young. Her fitness regimen predictably alternates between burpees and bikram yoga. Don’t believe me? Do a Google image search of “wellness woman” and see what comes up.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to being “well.” Take exercise, for example. Not everybody has to do HIIT (or even yoga) to make exercise work for them and to improve their health. We need to expand our idea of what pleasurable, sustainable physical activity looks like on an individual basis. It may not even involve stepping into a gym, and that’s okay. Walking, taking the stairs, and even gardening all count as exercise, and they don’t require you to cough up $35 for a class to do it.
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Thank you for posting this. I recently found your blog, and I am devouring your podcast and the resources you’ve posted. As someone interested in the realm of wellness, I do not want to overstep my boundaries or speak over others especially when it comes to food and culture (it’s a personal journey, and I agree that one size does not fit all). I think everyone could benefit by looking beyond the edge of their yoga mat, maybe then they would see that there is a clear diversity issue in wellness spaces.
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