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Is too much Wellness bad for you?

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Is too much Wellness bad for you? Wellness – which includes health, fitness and nutrition – is big business. The global industry is worth over £2.1 trillion; consider NutriBullet, for example, the blender loved by Miranda Kerr, which hit sales of one million units last year. It is almost impossible to avoid the proponents of clean living, nowhere more so than on Instagram, which is saturated with tanned, toned superhumans clad head to toe in designer Lycra, perfecting their planks and spiralising courgettes. But has the hype for juices and gym selfies gone too far? Story by Victoria Hall of harpersbazaar.co.uk

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While industry experts have applauded the social-media platform for encouraging healthy eating and exercising, there is growing concern for the unrealistic precedent set by some of the self-styled health and wellbeing coaches. “Just because someone is in great shape, it doesn’t mean what they eat and how they train is the right approach for you,” says Chris Walton, the director of personal training at Embody Fitness. “It can leave people feeling negative and guilty, thinking that the only way to achieve their fitness goals is through extreme methods.”

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James Duigan, the founder of the Bodyism gym and trainer to Elle Macpherson, goes a step further. “There are people with millions of online followers handing out advice that could actually be dangerous for people to follow, especially if regular exercise is a relatively new addition to their lives,” he says. Rather than partaking in gruelling high-intensity interval training (HIIT) every day or trying to accomplish 140 squats in one go, both Walton and Duigan recommend taking a practical, achievable approach. “Exercise won’t work if you are obsessive; eventually something will break – either your spirit or your body,” says Duigan. “It is fine to push yourself a couple of times a week, but you should balance strenuous exercise with yoga or Pilates, or even a massage and meditation.”

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The trick is to find a sport you enjoy that can become an extension of your lifestyle rather than an obsession. Whether that is running, boxing, spinning or yoga, exercise should be a pleasure rather than a chore. If you miss a session every now and again, don’t give yourself a hard time. As Duigan says: “Let go of the shame and guilt that many associate with weight and exercise. You deserve a happy, healthy life” See Victoria’s story in full here. Is too much Wellness bad for you? Check out Fashion.ie for more celebrity fashion and on line shopping. Follow us on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram Like fashion, live fashion, love fashion

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