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Explore The Everchanging Nature Of Fitness

It’s rare to blog, write or express myself online, but after thinking it over, I’ve decided to write down some of my thoughts regarding fitness and what it really is and who’s considered healthy. Of course, this is only my personal opinion at this time in time however it is worthy of being acknowledged. I’m writing this from frustration.

I’m reading articles from fit people as well as newsletters, blogs and articles regularly to gain knowledge and grow in this field we call fitness. However, lately , I’ve encountered several extremely fit people drawing boundaries on the sand (regarding the definition of fitness) and according to me, do not really have the need to be there.

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You’ve heard me repeat this a million times! It’s true! Fitness (technically) is generally defined in a manner that has to do with the ability to achieve optimal levels of:

  1. cardiovascular endurance,
  2. muscular endurance,
  3. Muscle strength
  4. flexibility,
  5. Body composition (fat vs. lean mass of the body)
    Although this is the case and I definitely agree that we’re talking about is a method to quantify examine a qualitative issue. Yes, sports are quantitative. How many, how much of them, how small and high, how powerful and how far in the air, how large, how long are all things that we associate often with sports. In America we are an incredibly quantitative society.

We are interested in knowing what amount of money an individual has and who has the most friends, who is the one who spends the most money on clothes and who has the lowest percentage of body fat as well as who can bench press the highest weight and cover the most distance in the shortest duration of time. It is a frenzied obsession with numbers and numbers and keeping track of our progress.

Then I ask whether physical fitness is really something that can be measured? Could it be that fitness is qualitative? Perhaps it’s a combination of both? Which one do you prefer?

What I am able to say is this: (to my mind) physical fitness is more than many times you lift the weight, or how long you can run or whether you’re able to place your feet over your head, or not. For me, physical fitness involves things which can’t be always measured using numbers. It’s more than numbers or weight, but a distance, or a score.

I always tell to my customers that possess strengths as well as weaknesses different moments throughout our life. When I was 24 I was carrying nine percent body fat throughout the year and could do 700 pounds of squatting and bench press 405lbs for repetitions. It’s not possible any more. But I’m able to do 35 pull-ups in a row, stand on a stability ball all the time I’d like, and even put my knees with my face when I stretch, all of which I couldn’t perform as a beastly 24-year-old. Was I healthier at the time or now?

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Look around at the people you see. What is their background? What were their experiences? Are they obese? Are they too thin? It could be that they’re extremely weak and aren’t able to lift much weight. Perhaps they’re lacking in terms of endurance, and they can’t go for long distances without getting tired. Take some time and before asking yourself: they’re greater than what they were previously however, does the fact they’re not living up to your expectations of what fitness is supposed to be really important?

If you consider all of these aspects, they all have the same thing: your perception of the person. I believe that fitness changes when a person moves through their lives. What you believed about fitness in the beginning of your life might have different concept that you will have later on. I urge you to take on fitness in all aspects of your life, regardless of the face it is currently sporting.

Improve! Find ways to improve in some manner. It’s possible that you won’t always be able to perform the same feats you were able to do as a young person, but there are avenues to become more successful than you were. I’ve also seen those who were extremely sedentary when they were young who have gradually increased their fitness levels as they’ve gotten older. One of my clients, Lisa, told me she’s (in her 60s) in the best physical shape in her adult life.

Isn’t that really what fitness is about? If you consider fitness, shouldn’t it be about improving, getting better in doing whatever you have to do to improve the quality of your life for your body and self? Aren’t they all about quality , not quantities?

I would say it is. I believe that fitness comes with many faces and exhibits an infinite number of traits. I suggest that you be careful not to view fitness in a way that you lose sight of the fact that fitness, more than anything else is about people. It’s about getting better and not necessarily being the best. It’s not a game It’s not a race and there’s no one keeps score.

It’s about the person you are as. You might be a accomplished athlete such as Lance Armstrong or Drew Brees (both healthy and fit individuals) or similar to my friend Lisa (also an athlete) who, in her 60s, determined that she wanted to be able to walk with more energy and feel more secure. She also wanted to be capable of playing in her grandkids.
Let me encourage you to think about the following: Lisa can honestly say she’s in the most fit of her life. could Lance Armstrong currently say the similar thing? What kind of fitness level best serves them? I’ll let you decide.

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Think of fitness as something inclusive and not exclusive. They are great and to be winners, it is necessary to keep track of our scores and compare each against another. I suggest that you leave the scoring to players on the field of play only on the field of play and not in the everyday activities that athletes engage in in pursuit of fitness.