REDEFINE HEALTH AND FITNESS: EDDIE JAREL JONESX
“In order to redefine health and fitness we must first acknowledge the mental and social health issues and how they play a part in our physical fitness.” Eddie Jarel Jonesx stresses the urgency to bring mental and social health issues to the forefront in the fitness industry. The non-binary model and media representative shares their insecurities about their body, presenting in fitness spaces, our social responsibility in the context of wellness and future projects for SLAY TV.
Shot by Nicolas Bloise @papi.prada
IDENTITY, SEXISM and WELLNESS
What does “Redefine Health and Fitness” mean to you and how do you believe we can tackle sexism in sport?
In order to redefine health and fitness we must first acknowledge the mental and social health issues and how they play a part in our physical fitness. I’ve dealt with mental health issues like anxiety, depression, body dysmorphia, eating disorders which have all hindered my fitness.
The human body is designed to heal itself and stay fit without needing to workout but when you suffer from anxiety for example you have added pressure applied to your brain’s neuro-system and this doesn’t allow to send simple messages to your body to tell it to eat, sleep, even breath for crying out loud (how most of my anxiety attacks start)!
Your Go-To track for working out?
Right now, favorite workout song is “Simon Says” by Megan The Stallion ft.
Juicy J. As long as you do what Simon says in the song you should have a very good glutes twerkout!
What advice or resources do you have for CIS men in fitness spaces who feel limited by gender binaries and expectations of their identity but hope to explore the spectrum of gender identity?
Well first off if a person identifies as a cisgender male their gender identity is masculine and there would be no need for them to explore the spectrum of gender because their gender roles are already spelled out for them by society. Now, if someone is gender curious or questioning I’d recommend them to try wearing different workout looks like a crop top and sports leggings instead of a t-shirt and joggers and see how they like that.
Finish this sentence: I used to be insecure about… however now I…
I used to be insecure about my thighs being so muscular because of my year as a track & field athlete but now I embrace whatever curves I can find on my body! LOL!
“At the moment I could care less than a clearance rack about what other people at the gym think about how I present in the world.”
When you work out at a gym, athletic track or baseball court, does the “fitness space” influence how you present in that moment?
At the moment I could care less than a clearance rack about what other people at the gym think about how I present in the world.
Wellness is far too often looked through a fitness lens, ignoring the social and community foundations of wellness. Talk to us about the importance of social responsibility and showing up – in the context of one’s wellness?
We all have a responsibility to show up for the people around us, including strangers. Check on your “strong” friends, offer your depressed friend an outlet to express their feelings, meditate with your overly anxious friends. These small things can help improve someone’s health and in some cases SAVE A LIFE.
Being a part of the SLAY TV team, what future projects and ambitions do you hope to manifest in 2020?
I am super excited to premiere a new series on SLAY TV that focuses on the stories on trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people. This is my first time executive producing a project where we have tough conversations about the reality of being trans and/or genderfluid.
What would you graffiti on the back of a toilet door?
Random thought but if I knew how to do graffiti I would tag “You’re the shit, you just have to let it out!” on the back of the toilet door.
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