Your Way Isn’t the Only Way

I’m not sure why, but there is always so much hostility around people’s exercise and nutrition choices. And no, I’m not talking about someone’s own choices. OTHER’S choices.

I think I’ve seen 750931023 posts about the whole “crossfit is bad for you” debate, which really got me thinking about this topic.

Everyone you come across will boast about how their exercise routine is THE BEST EVER. Or that the way they eat is THE BEST WAY TO EAT. Um, yeah, it’s the best way for you, but it’s not the only way.

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You crossfit? Good for you! You are doing kick-ass exercises that most people wish they could do.

You run? Go you! You have amazing endurance, and a can run far.

You lift weights? Great job! Strength training makes you strong and strengthens your bones and muscles.

You do yoga?  Cool! Everyone could benefit from that, and to relieve stress.

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You’re vegan? That’s awesome. Adding more plants to your diet is always a plus.

You’re paleo? Great! Focusing on real food is something everyone should do.

You track macros? Good! Allowing treats into your whole foods diet is important for balance and sanity.

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No matter what you are doing – how you exercise, or how you eat – is great as long as it makes YOU feel your best, and is benefitting you and your life.

To me, exercise is exercise. It’s a heck of a lot better than sitting on the couch and eating twinkies all day. I don’t care what you do – just move. Same with nutrition – eating mostly whole foods that nourish YOUR body, but also not having restrictions, is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

Don’t go bashing the way other people eat. Everyone knows what works best for their body. Don’t go bashing the way other people exercise. Everyone knows what they enjoy and what works for them and their goals.

You are not them. Sharing your experience and what works for you is fine, but if you don’t eat something or workout a certain way because it doesn’t work for you doesn’t mean it won’t work for others.

 

What do you think?

 

 

 

Comments

  1. I’ve written many posts similar to this and at the end of the day, to each their own- my idea of healthy is different to your idea of healthy- learn to accept and move on!

  2. I agree! I got to remember what works best for me and the body that the Lord gave me. Thanks for posting!

  3. A-freaking-MEN. I don’t care what people choose to eat or how they exercise — as long as they’re not trying to push it on me as the only way to be. We’re all different!

  4. I completely agree! I have the weirdest diet (not a “diet”, just way of eating) and I would never expect anyone to eat what makes sense to MY body, I’m sure they have different reactions to different foods.
    And for fitness, as long as you’re not overdoing it for yourself and you’re listening to your body’s aches/pains/gains/whatever you’re doing something positive for your health.
    There is no blanket solution for everyone. Great post 🙂

  5. Amen sister! Glad we both wrote posts today on the same issue. Just because I love health doesn’t mean I’m trying to turn everyone into a “mini me” during their meal times. Well-said and it’s nice to know so many people agree;)

  6. YESSSIIRR. I am right there with you on this, movement is MOVEMENT and as long as my heart rate is up, or my muscles are stretching, and bones are strengthening the balance is aligned in my life. I really hate labels, and don’t even tell people that I am “vegan” I just say I’m plant based IF I have to even say that. When it does come up, I make sure people know I don’t mind cooking their meat for them, I just won’t eat it myself. HA!

  7. What a great post!!! So very true … can’t wait to read Matt Fitzgerald’s book Diet Cults that talks about this crazy topic.

  8. Yes, so true! There are nasty people in all walks of life, even in the fitness world! I say to them grow up– your opinion of me is none of my business!

  9. amen sister
    WE ARE ALL THE EXPERTS OF US.

  10. **STANDING OVATION** Love you girl!

  11. GIRLLLLL I live to the beat of my own drummer, so you best believe I also EAT BY MY OWN DRUMMERS BEAT too! lol!

  12. I think this is an important concept for everyone to realize!! Not one diet works for all, and not one workout will work for all. We are all unique individuals, who were created differently. This is a great reminder, that my diet and lifestyle may not work for another.

  13. AMEN girl. You can’t say this enough. I hope people listen and stop judging others.

  14. I LOVE this! Different things work best for different people – we’re all unique!
    Karen @karenlovestorun

  15. Yes! This is awesome.

  16. This is such a great post! And one everyone needs to remember before judging others. It’s easy to judge someone else’s workout but at the end of the day, what matters is that they are out there getting active and bettering themselves. I had a boss who would always trash talk running and marathoners…keep in mind, he’s a personal trainer and would say this stuff to his clients! Such a negative attitude and so unnecessary.

    • brittanylesserfitness@gmail.com says:

      I’ve actually heard of a LOT of trainers trash running. But hey, if that is someone’s goal, so be it!

  17. ALL OF THIS. There is so much judgment in all of the fitness world it is so ridiculous. Shouldn’t we be proud that others are staying healthy and working out?

  18. Thank you so much for posting this! It drives me nuts when people criticize other people’s health or workout routines without giving much thought or consideration. There is no one diet or exercise plan that works for everyone. My average gym session is usually an hour but there will always be someone else who will brag that they usually go to the gym for 3 hours and think they workout harder. I applaud myself for even getting up and going to the gym so it’s disappointing when someone tries to “one up” you or put you down.

  19. Absolutely yes! There’s nothing to add to that. It’s a major turn-off for me when another blogger can’t turn off the blatant promoting the amazingness of their – and only their – eating/ exercising/ life philosophy and at that making all others seem inferior. There’s so much more to life than comparing to and bashing others’ lives.

  20. Wish i could agree with you but youre kind of… Wrong. Yeah you’re not right. Not all exercise and diet plans are good or equal and in fact many are dangerous. Veeganism for instance. Not so good for you. Most people are not educated on the subject enough to even hold an opinion let alone an argument. There is a right way and wrong way to lose weight and exercise. Period.

    • brittanylesserfitness@gmail.com says:

      I’m not vegan, but I know some people thrive on veganism. Everyone is different! Thanks for your input, though. There really is no right and wrong way. Maybe for a certain individual there is, but for everyone, nothing is the same.

  21. I completely agree with you girl! I was thinking about the whole crossfit thing too. I think it’s crazy how defensive some people get about it. My philosophy, do what you want if it makes you feel good! I know that I have tons of friends who go to Zumba, but you know what? Zumba is just not my thing. I have terrible hand/eye coordination which makes Zumba super awkward for me. But I do love my heavy weights so it’s what I stick to. To each their own – it’s better than sitting on the couch!

    • brittanylesserfitness@gmail.com says:

      Right?! Just get up and move, and you’re good to go! Oh man, I’m not a Zumba fan either, but I have tried it before and it was fun. Just not something I’d do at the time – I’m a weight lifting girl like you!

  22. Love it! So true.

  23. This is awesome and SO true! There are multiple different ways to be healthy and one isn’t necessarily better than the other.

  24. I could never pick a side because I have diet and workout ADD. I love to try out ALL the things. But I agree to each their own, be your best YOU!

  25. Couldn’t agree more! I think we all need to be more supportive of anyone who is trying to be healthier. I am so sick of the comments I get toward my eating preferences or the fact that I workout daily. Since when do people who live off McDonald’s all of a sudden know everything about nutrition and feel the need to comment? Even people who are fit or eat healthy need to stop being so critical of others. Let’s cheer each other on!

  26. PREACH.

    Seriously. Love this so much.

  27. I love this way of thinking so much … my main message with my clients is that there is NO one right answer. If there were, we wouldn’t have millions of diet books because we all would have agreed so long ago. Love it!

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