Do you really have to go on weeklong running retreats and have a different pair of sneakers for every kind of exercise to be healthy? And how important really is drinking alllll the adaptogens, matcha, and bee pollen-filled bullsh*it you see on social media? Well, we don’t think you have to do ANY of that to be healthy.

But we know how easy it is to get caught up what healthy looks like on Instagram or in the media. So here are a few ideas for staying grounded and finding what healthy means to you—a REAL person, not a wellness guru.

Instead of a workout that requires a fancy gym + equipment, try:

50 Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

50 Bodyweight Moves You Can Do Anywhere

No gym membership? No problem.
Home Workouts: Peloton
Playground and Park Workout Moves

The Full-Body Playground Workout

Turn any park into a (free!) gym with these creative moves that challenge every major muscle.

Instead of being too overwhelmed or intimidated to lift weights at the gym, try:

Lat Pull-Down

The Only 7 Gym Machines Worth Using

Repeat after us: There is nothing wrong with using weight machines.
gym machines
Man and Woman Working Out

The Ultimate Newbie Guide to Navigating the Gym Floor

Don't let it intimidate you—follow these tips to hit the floor with confidence.

Instead of matcha, try:

Coffee With Cinnamon

Put This In Your Coffee Instead of Sugar

Here's why you should consider changing up your morning routine.

Instead of making complicated dinners (or ordering out!), try:


27 Five-Ingredient Dinner Recipes for Stress-Free Meals

On a tight schedule? You'll be amazed by what you can make.

39 Crock-Pot Recipes to Make Ahead and Eat All Week

Because weeknights should be spent doing what you love most (hello, Netflix!).

Instead of expensive barre classes, try:


The 15-Minute Barre Workout You Can Do at Home

Skip the pricey studio classes. Everything you need is already lying around your house.

Instead of not asking for mental health help when you need it, try:


81 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist

Keep this list of mental health resources handy whenever you need some backup.

Instead of not getting the smart answers to your burning health questions, see:

Donut and Coffee
Should You Work Out or Click Snooze?

Which Is More Important: Sleep or Exercise?

Discover when it's actually better to hit snooze (again), or get in an early a.m. sweat session.
Why Am I Winded Going Up the Stairs?

Instead of thinking there's only one way to be healthy and look great, see:

Women lifting heavy

Being a "Bulky" Woman Is Actually Awesome. Here's Why

A day without peanut butter is a terrible thing. Being bulky? Not so much.
Alexis and her super-cute dog

I Gained 30 Pounds This Year… and Finally Learned to Love My Body

"My body isn't a work of art that I must perfect for the consumption of onlookers."
Women In Locker Room

Why I Quit My Women's Gym (and Won't Ever Go Back)

"This community of women would cause me to scrutinize myself with hyper-judgmental eyes."
Obesity Shadow Illustration

I Work Out Because I’m Scared of Ending Up Like My Mother

I'd be lying if I said my mom's obesity wasn't my major motivation.
What It's Like to Work Out For the First Time Ever as An Adult

What I Wish I Had Known About Being an Out-of-Shape 29-Year-Old

"I'd missed the workout boat that everyone else seemed to jump on years ago."
Getting Huge at Gym Before and After