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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