In the food world, 2017 was the year labels went out the window. Bloggers like Ella Woodward and Jordan Younger, Instagram foodies like Rachel Mansfield, and people in the mindbodygreen office who had previously identified as vegans, vegetarians, paleo dieters, clean eaters—this list goes on—decided that they didn't want to feel confined by these self-imposed labels anymore. Sure, they could avoid gluten and dairy 95 percent of the time because it made them feel better, but did they really want to feel horribly guilty because they had a slice of pizza four times per year? For most people, the answer was no.
So with food labels on their way out, it would seem that fitness labels like yogi, runner, or CrossFitter will soon be yesterday's news too, right? Wrong. While there are some similarities between food and fitness labels, fitness labels come with a different set of connotations. Let's take a look.