At the beginning of time, the goal was to be fit to survive.
As life got more comfy, we needed less and less fitness for survival.
Until…the effects of physical inactivity started interfering with our lives through diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, as well as weight gain and fatigue.
Physical fitness is the ability to
carry out daily tasks with alertness and vigor,
without undue fatigue,
and with enough energy reserve
to meet emergencies or to enjoy leisure time pursuit.
Lately, however, I am noticing a new trend.
Be fit so you can… get better at fitness activities.
We have moved away from the true definition of fitness when we are:
- Constantly challenged and never content. There are plenty fitness challenges to choose from. They are intended to motivate, yet over time can leave one in a perpetual state of “never enough.”
- Just doing it rather than enjoying it. When exercise becomes another check on the to do list – get in my cardio, survive boot camp class, get my 10,000 steps for the day – we forget that, unless you are a professional athlete, fitness is not a job.
- Missing the big picture. “I didn’t lose weight, exercising was a waste of time” or “if I don’t get my heart rate up/sweat it’s not worth it” or “if I am not sore, I feel like I didn’t do enough.” Myths and misconceptions can really drain motivation.
The issue here is sustainability. Fitness is huge multi-billion dollar industry. Yet only 20% of the US population are getting enough exercise.
Activate it: Complete this sentence: “I want to be fit so that I can….” Keep answering the “so that I can” part until you get to your deep personal reason to be fit that will add to your life. When each exercise session leaves you feeling closer to this, you are truly fit.
May You Be Well,
Janet Huehls, MA, RCEP, CHWC
Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Health and Wellness Coach
Yoga and Meditation Teacher