Join a marathon. Lift weights at the gym. Count calories and compute carbs. Skip steaks and eat salads. Sign up for yoga or dance class. Detoxify at the spa. Go mountain biking. Contemplate triathlons. Then do everything all over again.
These activities are popping up in an increasing number of to-do lists, resolutions, and social media profiles.
It’s a good thing to actively pursue one’s vision of a healthier, stronger, body. But in today’s age of likes, tweets, pins, and apps, it seems that health and wellness are being shaped by what everybody else wants and expects—instead of what the body really needs. The essentials are being neglected, and the motives misunderstood.