What Does Being Healthy Mean?
What Does Being Healthy Mean?
The word ‘healthy’ means different things to different people. It could mean one thing to a college student and then something completely different to a working mum. Regardless of who you are, I want to make one very clear point in this blog — being healthy does not have one definition or set of rules you have to live by.
I think the word ‘health’ has received a certain stereotype over recent years. I want to remind you girls that you don’t need to have certain things, or even to do certain things in order to see yourself as ‘healthy’. You don’t need to buy the latest workout gear, or the most expensive equipment to be healthy. You don’t need to post a photo of a green smoothie on social media once a week (especially if you really hate spinach!). Being healthy doesn’t mean following a set of ‘rules’.
What does it mean to be healthy?
While it may mean something different to others, to me, being healthy means feeling fit, strong and confident. It means being realistic and doing what works for you and your body, eating a balanced diet with wholesome foods, and enjoying the occasional treat when you feel like it. Being healthy doesn’t always have to be expensive either. I often talk to people who say they want to clean up their eating, so their game plan is to head to their nearest health food store and stock up on every ‘superfood’ and other goodie they can find. This definition of ‘healthy eating’ can often lead to the dilemma of having to pay a lot of money for foods that you may not like or that you’re not sure how to use.
While I encourage everyone to experiment and try new things, I want to let you girls know it’s possible to eat healthy on a budget, with foods from your local supermarket. I think this is especially important for girls who are younger and may not have full-time jobs, or who are currently studying. I know it may not be in your budget to allow yourself a luxurious grocery shop each week. Just be aware there are SO many delicious meals you can make with fresh fruits, veggies and proteins that are easily accessible and packed with nutrients. You can find lots of examples of this in the meal plans in the SWEAT app.
Being healthy doesn’t mean you have to spend money each month on the latest gym clothes. If you don’t have some equipment because it’s not in your budget right now, improvise! So many of my BBG girls have used things like milk bottles, bags of potatoes and even school books as weights! Remember that the ultimate goal is how you feel on the inside — not how you look on the outside. Social media is a great tool for sharing, but try not to get caught up comparing yourself to others.
Education and being healthy
This brings me to my next point — misconceptions. While I believe knowledge is the key to growth, there are certain situations where too many opinions and articles about the same thing can make people confused, especially when it comes to their health. With the invention of fad diets, smarter marketing and social media, also comes a saturation of health advice. It makes me sad when I talk to girls and they tell me they don’t think they’re healthy because they ate a burger last week. Girls, I want to make this point REALLY clear: eating a burger one time doesn’t make you unhealthy. In fact, it makes you human!
The key to a happy and healthy life is to never deprive yourself and feel like you’re missing out on the things you enjoy. It’s all about balance! If you want your healthy lifestyle to include cheat meals, that’s okay! If cheat meals aren’t your thing, that’s okay too!
It’s important not to deprive yourself when it comes to your health and fitness, because it can become so easy to get into bad habits, both physically and mentally. Eating a burger or donut doesn’t define who you are, what your goals are or what you want to achieve — your mindset does! If you want to do something, there is nothing stopping you from achieving that, apart from yourself. Believe in yourself and put in effort day-in and day-out, even on days you can only manage a small amount!
When it comes to being healthy, be wary of what you read on the internet. Remember, if something seems like it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. Good health isn’t achieved through following a set of rules, such as not eating carbs or eating only low-fat foods. Being healthy is about what works for the individual, not one set of rules for everyone.
I hope that each of you can find a balance in your life that works for you — whether you’re a student, a mum or working a busy full-time job. Everyone deserves to feel healthy, happy and confident. Remember to exercise regularly and eat a diet filled with wholesome, unprocessed foods — your body will thank you for it!
Love, Kayla xx
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.