Who is “that girl”? If you’re on TikTok and Instagram, you’ve probably seen some iteration of the trending aesthetic, but if you’re not, you should know that “that girl” isn’t a person, but the embodiment of an aspiring social media trend. and lifestyle aesthetic.
That girl features a clean and sober lifestyle that includes waking up at 5 or 6 a.m. to workout, meditate, journal, and consume green juice, and lots of beautifully curated productivity vlogs with social media footage of it all. Above (Other versions are drinking hot water with lemon every morning, having smoothies on hand, and clay masks.) Of course, at Fitbit, we’re the first to say that if it works, there’s nothing inherently wrong with doing a morning routine for you. It is incredibly inspiring for many.
What can make this seemingly healthy trend problematic is that it often promotes a lifestyle that leaves no room for deviation from routine. Health and wellness today is much more than checking off such tasks, by rote, from your to-do list.
And if you eat healthy, get enough Zzz’s, and work out regularly, who’s to say that any one aspect of your routine—like your ability to obey your morning wake-up call—is entirely indicative of your personal well-being. – Being, anyway?
Also, that girl is often portrayed by a person of a certain race, class and body type. She’s white, rich, and thin, which is still considered “conventionally attractive” in most wellness circles—for example, in your weekly yoga class. When you consider all the different types of people who pursue health and wellness—and who deserve to feel welcome in a yoga class.
In our monthly content series on the Fitbit blog, Meet the Trailblazers, we strive to shine a light on the work of POC wellness and fitness creators who no Fit the conventional mold, and those who are making waves in their communities to point out that in today’s world we don’t have to fit the mold we are told to follow our own sense of well-being.
When asked if there’s a specific wellness trend she’ll put behind her, Les Alfred of Balanced Black Girl shares that she’s “doing away with the idea of a single look or aesthetic of health. The journey to well-being can look and feel in many different ways, and what it means to achieve wellness. Tying a single aesthetic to what it signifies is exclusionary and restrictive.”
So how can you avoid the pitfalls of this trend?
Remember that fitness is subjective. The wellness industry in today’s world is full of unrealistic standards, and the That Girl aesthetic is another offshoot of it.
That said, trends appeal for a reason. (The TikTok hashtag alone currently has 7 billion views.) Many indeed see the girl’s lifestyle as aspirational and inspiring. If you’ve changed your own lifestyle to incorporate healthier habits — whether it’s in the physical sense, your mental health, or across the board — or you just want to, this is undoubtedly inspiring. The siren call to be that girl makes it hard to deny, and the mindset that you’ll live a happier and more fulfilling life because of it.
But is it real? Is it a daily habit? Or is “she” posting it as part of a productivity vlog series for a few weeks and then going back to her normal routine, whatever that may entail? Social media isn’t real life, so we don’t always know what’s behind the scenes. But what we can remember is: what works for one person may not work for others and vice versa. If it works for you, that’s all that matters. But if not, that’s okay too.
Either way, it’s important to remember that reaching your “full potential” in wellness will mean something different to everyone. Do you have any hard and fast rules? need To be that girl, and if any one aspect of her routine isn’t met, your own well-being will likely not be.
Rest is key. Self-care means something different to everyone, but most of us can agree that rest is an essential part of it. Physician, researcher, and author Dr. Sandra Dalton-Smith shared in a famous 2019 TEDx talk that we need 7 different types of rest: physical, mental, emotional, creative, mental, social, and spiritual.
When it comes to physical rest, if you’re familiar with Fitbit’s Daily Readiness Score, you already know why on some days, it can help you wake up ready for a challenging workout—and on others, you need more time to recover. . You won’t find that girl’s 5AM alarm as motivating on a rest day.
It’s one thing to push through feelings of exhaustion often, but another thing if we constantly push ourselves to achieve without getting enough rest, both in the physical sense and across the remaining pillars.
This is routinely done when the risk of burnout becomes real, and many of us already know how high levels of stress and burnout are prevalent today.
Progress, not perfectionism. Again, the journey of self-improvement is truly an admirable one, but not only that—it’s a lifelong pursuit for many. With that in mind, it’s important to remember that it’s not, or at least shouldn’t be, about perfectionism. We can get so caught up in competing with ourselves, trying to make ourselves better than we were yesterday, that we forget to celebrate our victories.
The idea here is that it’s about progress, not perfection—as you are enough, even while pursuing who you want to be. And it stands, whether you’re motivated to be “that girl” or not.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, changing your sleeping habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.