Unsurprisingly, I’m sore today– but it’s not too bad, mostly my serratus and glutes. It could be lots worse. (Hopefully I don’t get more day 2 DOMS tomorrow.) I held myself to 30 minutes on the boring-ass elliptical machine to just get blood moving. How do people work out on that thing every day? It didn’t help that ESPN and golf were on the TVs, and I managed to pick up the world’s blandest magazine to read…
As most of you know, I’m a proponent of the HAES philosophy, which stands for Health at Every Size. It’s a pretty simple yet surprisingly revolutionary idea: that healthy behaviors should be accessible to all kinds of people. It seeks to encourage people to eat and move and live in ways that feel good and support their health, while discouraging weight loss as motivation and removing shame and stigma. I consistently see HAES misrepresented among its opponents, who claim that it means "healthy at every size," and that its proponents say fat people never suffer from illnesses related to their weight and people should never lose weight. Which is kind of silly; being fat is absolutely associated with certain ailments, though the cause-and-effect relationship is less well-studied.
But let’s go back to first principles and examine our assumptions about health.
It might be illuminating to ask a few questions here: what is health? What traits characterize a person who is in good health? How can people ensure good health as individuals? And what are some ways we, as a society, can promote health?
Please leave your thoughts in the comments!