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:
No gym membership? No problem.
Good news if you hate the gym.
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:
Repeat after us: There is nothing wrong with using weight machines.
Don't let it intimidate you—follow these tips to hit the floor with confidence.
Instead of thinking you need fancy athleisure, check out:
Fashionable, functional tights for when your budget is really tight.
Seriously, they’re light AF.
Instead of thinking you need to be a certain size to wear great workout clothes, see:
We did the hard part so you don't have to.
If you got it, flaunt it.
Instead of spending forever prepping Insta-worthy açai bowls in the morning, try:
Check out the super simple recipes we've deemed Greatist-worthy ways to fuel up for the day ahead.
Breakfast is as easy as 1-2-3.
Instead of matcha, try:
Here's why you should consider changing up your morning routine.
Instead of overpriced lunches out, try:
Meal prep for people who don't feel like meal-prepping.
Instead of making complicated dinners (or ordering out!), try:
On a tight schedule? You'll be amazed by what you can make.
Because weeknights should be spent doing what you love most (hello, Netflix!).
Keepin' cleanup simple since 2017.
Instead of going to a yoga studio, try:
You don't need to attend a pricey yoga studio to get a great workout—these videos prove it.
Instead of expensive barre classes, try:
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:
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:
The answer may surprise you.
Discover when it's actually better to hit snooze (again), or get in an early a.m. sweat session.
Instead of thinking there's only one way to be healthy and look great, see:
A day without peanut butter is a terrible thing. Being bulky? Not so much.
"My body isn't a work of art that I must perfect for the consumption of onlookers."
"This community of women would cause me to scrutinize myself with hyper-judgmental eyes."
I'd be lying if I said my mom's obesity wasn't my major motivation.
"I'd missed the workout boat that everyone else seemed to jump on years ago."
Do muscles maketh the man?