The word ‘healthy’ comes with very specific and — let’s be frank here — incredibly bland connotations.
It denotes a life filled with leafy green vegetables (anything green, really), expensive gym gear and $13 sachets of chia seeds; one devoid of baked goods, tequila hangovers and entire weekends dedicated to Netflix-and-couch time.
Yet who says a ‘healthy’ life has to be a restrictive one? If you ask fitness sensation Kayla Itsines, we need to reconsider our narrow, singular definition of what it means to be healthy.
Yes, this is a woman whose career and wildly popular online empire revolves around exercise and nutrition, but she’s adamant that our lives can and should be balanced — and that means different things for different people.
“Healthy doesn’t need a price tag, or a set of ‘rules’ … e.g. no carbs, low fat, a certain style of exercise or what time of the day you eat,” the Adelaide personal trainer explains on her blog.
“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.”
One misconception Itsines is particularly opposed to is the idea that living healthily requires $100 gym leggings and dropping coin on superfoods with incomprehensible names each week (and then having no idea how to actually use them).