This time of year especially, we hear the word “fitness” thrown around a lot. Almost all the morning shows have a “fitness” segment where they talk about diets and the new exercise crazes or products. I started to think about what “fitness” means to me. Is fitness measured by weight, appearance or a certain number of miles run? What does fitness mean to you?
After an exhaustive and very unscientific google search on the definition of fitness, I discovered it’s rather vague. The most common definition of “fitness” –“the condition of being physically fit” hmmm.
A few other clicks and I found some synonyms for fitness:
Good health, robustness, strength, vigor, athleticism, toughness and muscularity
What does fitness mean to me?
I would say my idea of fitness has changed over the past few years. The younger me would have said fitness was about being a certain weight or looking a certain way. The older (and more wiser me?) would say fitness is finding a balance between a healthy body, mind and spirit.
A healthy body means taking care of myself by eating well and exercising. Feeling fit to me means knowing I am able to go out and do almost any activity (biking, swimming, running, hiking). Feeling fit means I can carry loads and loads of laundry up and down the stairs without huffing or carrying cases of water in from the car. Fitness is feeling strong, rested and confident.
Finding a certain balance and peace with my mind and spirit has become more important to me and plays a big part in my view of whether or not I feel fit. I’ve learned how to challenge myself to achieve but also forgive and accept that it’s not always possible.
I was curious how others viewed fitness so I went to a few of my skirt sports friends:
Tell me what does fitness mean to you?
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