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Is Health the New Wealth?

on February 16, 2013


Last week I read a fascinating article in The Times claiming the latest craze amongst the rich and trendy is keeping fit. Designer clothes and accessories are being exchanged for eye-wateringly expensive gym memberships at exclusive clubs, and cocktail-fuelled beach holidays are being replaced by 5-star Indian yoga retreats.


Rather than women obsessing over being a size zero or trying to cut any traces of carbs/gluten/wheat/dairy from their diets, these days, so Farrah Storr suggests, it’s well-toned arms that are the envy of every fashion-conscious female in the country:

“Today, if you want to make a real statement to the world, you get fit. Seriously fit. Health is the new wealth. Women now spend thousands of pounds looking after their bodies (a recent survey by Women’s Health magazine suggested that, given a grand, 78 per cent of its readers would rather drop it on a fitness holiday than a designer bag).”

Cameron Diaz

The great thing about this is it takes effort. It’s easy to go out and buy the latest Jimmy Choos or Louis Vuitton handbag (excuse me if I’m wildly behind the times here): all you need is a credit card. But to have a fit, healthy, toned body takes time, effort and commitment. And doesn’t have to cost the earth.

It can surely only be a good thing that more and more celebrities are getting involved in this craze – apparently Cameron Diaz is releasing a health and wellbeing bible; Minnie Driver attended the opening night of Kensington’s US gym Equinox; and Stella McCartney has produced a range of sportswear for Adidas.

Healthy living is such a good precedent to be setting for our younger generations and if it results in a fitter, healthier, less obese nation with less time being spent in front of TV or computer screens, then I say it rocks!


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