“I could never do that”
“I’m going on a diet”
“I’m trying to eat clean”
“I went for a run today”
“New day, new you”
We are inundated with messages of wellness as other, or separate, from normal/average practices. We speak of clean eating as though everyone else is eating dirt, we speak of making exercise changes as if what we were doing before was absolute inactivity, we give up “bad habits” for “good” ones.
What if this forced dichotomy isn’t quite true?
What if real, sustainable wellness comes in the form of noshing on beaver tails while walking around the zoo?
Although we talk about lifestyle blogs, urban and rural lifestyles, athletic lifestyles, student lifestyles and many other descriptor variants of “lifestyle,” the idea of lifestyle rarely seems to encapsulate what, by definition, a life style is.
The pursuit of health or wellness is a component of many different lifestyles but, it is rarely (with the obvious exception of athletes) considered as an integral component of absolutely everything that an individual is already doing.
So, dodge that diet change and skip the guilt trip about the gym and start unpacking all of the ways that you pursue wellness in your day to day life.
For me, it involves not only my identity as an athlete but my decision to cook my food from scratch, my walks with my dog, walking to work, being obsessed with tea, gardening in the evening with my partner and running away to play in the mountains as frequently as possible.
With all that on my plate, it hardly matters (from a wellness perspective) if I miss a date at the gym.