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You've heard it before: Everybody's different. Every body is different. So what's with the one-size-fits-all diet and fitness trends? Boutique exercise studios, bootcamp programs and Instagram-famous trainers are constantly boasting the ubiquity of their results.
Adhere to our method, they say, and you will be healthy. But being 'healthy' means something different for everyone, and the fitness industry seems to be ignoring that.
One New York City-based wellness expert laments this oversight. Having taken a circuitous route to healthy living himself, Jeff Halevy is a major believer in tailoring wellness and fitness solutions to each of his individual clients, using biology, research and data to do so.
"The place that I begin is science," the owner of Halevy Life told us when we interviewed him. "And unfortunately, that's the last place that most of my industry begins. Most of my industry begins in marketing."
Doesn't it seem like a shame that the industry we turn to for major life improvements is motivated first and foremost by the desire to make a profit? It follows naturally, then, that much of the industry has little concern for what an individual actually needs to get on a healthy path.
As a result, speaking with Halevy is unlike speaking with any other trainer or fitness guru. He's not going to give you his 'rules for healthy living' or 'top tips' for a healthy lifestyle, because he doesn't believe in one tried and true set of guidelines that works for everyone.
There are the basics, of course: "Something is better than nothing," he said. "You're always better off moving."
And, "Be informed," he advised. "Do the research and spend some time exploring before getting yourself into something that can affect your body."
With that advice in mind, is the spin class your best friend lost 10 pounds doing going to work for you? Do you even need to lose weight? You might love juice cleansing, while it makes others miserable. Is the diet Gwyneth Paltrow swears by sustainable for you on a daily basis? Is there something that might work better? The world's oldest woman ate bacon for breakfast every day, so if that's not proof that everyone is different, we don't know what is.
At the end of the day, when approaching fitness, nutrition, mindfulness and overall wellness, you need to ask yourself, "What works for me?" And go from there.
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