What is “Fit”

When I was in Tennessee over Thanksgiving break, lots of family and friends were asking me about my new Fitfluential badge on my blog and what it meant.

They asked me then a question that I had been mulling over in my head for a long time.  What is your definition of “fitness” or “being fit”?

**I am not a dietician, physician, or a personal trainer.  These are just my thoughts on fitness.  Please consult your doctor before changing your diet or starting a new exercise routine.**

I think of what I used to think was fit.

Old thoughts: 

  • I used to think that running less than 3 miles a day wasn’t worth it.
  • I used to think that unless my heart was beating out of my chest, I wasn’t getting a good workout.
  • I used to think that rest days were for the weak.
  • I used to think that lifting weights would make me bulky.

Wow… No wonder my body was tired, sore, and I had knee pain!

After my wake up call, I realized that what I thought was “fit” was far from being being fit at all.

So, what do I think is fit now?

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Fit is:

  • Honoring my body.
  • Eating to nourish my body…and sometimes my mind.  ;)
  • Resting.  Sometimes that extra sleep is more needed than a day at the gym.
  • Stretching.
  • Moving your body how you enjoy to and incorporating weight bearing exercises.  That can be crossfit, running, yoga, walks, pilates, gardening, lifting weights, or whatever you are into.
  • Laughing and spending time with friends and family.
  • Being social.  We were created to be social!
  • Not being defined or held captive by fitness.
  • Exercising your mind as well as your body

Being physically fit is only a small portion of wellness.  No one ever lives a long life by only hitting the gym.  We have to care for our mind, body, and spirit.  

We need to stop beating ourselves up over the number on the scale.  It is just a number.  No one will love you less or more if it is any higher or lower.  (and if they do… they aren’t worth it or worth you!)

Besides, who cares if you are 5lbs heavier than you are now, but you are honoring your body and are investing in other people?

We need to be thankful that God has given us a body that functions and take care of it.  No longer beating it up over fad diets, too long and hard of workouts, and demeaning our bodies by our poor attitudes about ourselves and our looks.

Let’s be fit together!

What is your definition of fit?

What have you done to honor your mind, body, or spirit today?

 

Comments

  1. says

    You and I share similar “used to” thoughts and much better [IMO] current fit thoughts, love it! It has taken years of work, mentally and physically, and overcoming some tough health issues but it’s been well worth it and I feel like I finally have an understanding of my body. I am so thankful for what it does for me on a daily basis and I need to appreciate that and show it the same love back. Rest days? I need them. Some tasty eats and sweet treats? I need those too ;)

    Today I’m gonna go out for a run to clear my mind and enjoy the 70 degree weather that’s blessing DC!

  2. says

    And this is why I love you :) My definition of fitness went through the same kind of evolution as yours. I used to think that I had to be killing myself at the gym and sore all the time in order for it to be worth it. No more. These days I don’t do any hardcore exercise but just prefer to stay active throughout the day, and as long as I’m doing that and feeling good, then I figure I’m doing alright :)

    • says

      and I love you!! Killing ourselves and our bodies in the gym will not help us in the long run.. ya know?? Living an active lifestyle is much better.. and less stressful!!

  3. says

    I love this post! My thought process between the past and present is SO much different!! I can’t even believe what I used to think being “fit” was. Boy, was I wrong. I thought fit was abusing my body. You are amazing! xo

  4. says

    Amen! I used to be such a gym rat and would give the side-eye to those on the elliptical, reading magazines and “apparently” not getting a good workout. I couldn’t disagree more now. Being fit to me is all about moving, getting enough sleep, fueling my body in a smart way and taking care of my mental health through prayer, chats with friends and me-time :)

  5. Amber @ ExSoyCise says

    I love your definition of fit! I feel like that term is thrown around so much but there isn’t an exact definition of the word.

  6. says

    LOVE this post :) Sometimes it can be discouraging seeing the media preaching fitness as something that can only be attained by ultra-marathoners olympic athletes. I have been changing my approach to fitness lately and am realizing that resting my muscles can sometimes make me feel way “fitter” than doing a brutal workout. Thanks :)

  7. says

    I really love this post:) I always am thankful for my ability to run,walk or even see. I recently interacted with someone who was blind and deaf. I cannot imagine how they live and I said a little prayer to thank God for all I have!

  8. says

    This is a beautiful post. I do struggle with how to feel ‘fit.’ I have gotten over the numbers on the scale, but I do still find a lot of pleasure in calculating other numbers (miles run, etc.). I sometimes wonder what would happen if I gave up lifting weights, because most of the time I am not a superfan, but I know it is important for my bones, so I do it…just not as often as I should.

    • says

      I have really fallen in love with weights… I used to be where you are. It actually makes my runs easier and faster! When I ran I was always stuck on the numbers too… I think that is why I like lifting now.

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