What does it mean to be fit? If you were to describe a fit person, what qualities would he or she possess?
Who do you consider fit?
Webster’s dictionary defines fitness as the following:
- the condition of being physically fit and healthy. “disease and lack of fitness are closely related”
- the quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task. “he had a year in which to establish his fitness for the office”
- an organism’s ability to survive and reproduce in a particular environment.
Do these things make you fit?
-Being able to walk a mile?
-Being able to run a mile?
-Eating healthy? (However, the word “healthy” is subjective. What do you consider to be healthy food? Are eggs yolk healthy or not? Is coconut oil healthy or not? Every person has a different idea of their definition of healthy foods).
-Being injury free?
-Being able to do a pull up?
-Being able to get up and down off the floor with ease?
-Being able to balance on one foot for 30 seconds?
-Being free of chronic pain?
-Being a healthy weight? (Again, this can be really subjective. Do you determine a healthy weight by the Body Mass Index, what your doctor says, or how you feel?)
I want to suggest many of these factors/attributes are not a good definition of a fit person?
About a month ago, I would have considered myself pretty fit; however, if I take a look at the list above, there is one thing I cannot do. I cannot do a pull up. To me, it seems like a fit person should be able to lift their own body weight. Also, if I were truly fit, I shouldn’t need to pop a hip out to set my child on it to hold them. A fit person would be able to hold on them with the strength of their own arms.
So I am currently reworking my definition of fit.
One more thing…can you be fit and never have a gym membership or exercise machine in your home?
If that were your criteria for a fit person, I would definitely NOT be fit. I don’t have a gym membership and my home is void of exercise equipment besides yoga mats, yoga blocks, yoga straps, foam rollers, hand weights and a pull up bar. (Yes, I am determined to be able to lift my own body weight).
In my opinion, you can be a very fit person without ever having a gym membership. Those of you who frequent gyms, how many pull ups can you do? Can you stand at a standing workstation for 20 minutes without needing to sit down? Do you stand with your pelvis over your heels or over your arches? (Please hear me out, having a gym membership is not wrong, but just cause you have one may not classify you as fit either.)
By the end of October, my new goals to help me be a fit person are:
-Do one pull-up.
-Walk across our slackline without assistance.
-Hold a handstand for 10 seconds without wall assistance.
Going back to the original questions…how do you define a fit person? Do you consider yourself fit? What goals do you need to put in place to make you more of a fit person?
This is the first blog post in the new blog series – Restore, Align, Reclaim. I truly believe we cannot move forward in restoring, realigning or reclaiming our bodies and healthy until we wrestle with our definition of what it means to be a fit person.