A lot of people have told me that they haven’t been very active or they’ve let their best habits slip away over the last few months. If that’s you, you’re in excellent, very human, company. We’ve been going through a global pandemic, so you know, it’s ok if you haven’t been walking or cooking that much or whatever. This is a good time to practice some self compassion and if relevant, check in with yourself about how you can care for yourself now, whether that be returning to habits that have worked for you previously or setting up some new ways to take care of yourself and your body.
It’s also timely to reflect on how food and exercise choices are just the tip of the health iceberg, and how bigger forces like racism, fatphobia, sexism, transphobia, ableism etc impact on health and access to health promoting resources and on what we can do to address these things in ourselves and our broader communities, and indeed how the relentless, shame-filled pursuit of an idealised body not only is bound up and birthed from these prejudices, but how the pursuit keeps our attention and resources away from addressing them and creating a more just, equitable and healthy society.