What is “Fit”

by Brittany on December 4, 2012

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?

 

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 4, 2012 at 8:42 am

LOVE this!! LOVE this LOVE this LOVE this!!

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Thanks love!

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Tiff (@LoveSweatBeers) December 4, 2012 at 9:25 am

Great points – sounds like you’ve got it covered. :)

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Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness December 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

I love this!!! Best explanation I’ve heard of fit in a while. It’s so much more than being skinny or eating veggies!

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Thanks girl!! I know it!!

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Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie December 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

I love the change! I think too often people get in the mindset that if they aren’t killing themselves, it’s not a workout! We definitely have to step away from that. Good for you!

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

So true!!

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Alex @ therunwithin December 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

Beautifully put and oh so right! Your body must be very happy with this mindset.

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Thanks girl. My body is MUCH happier!

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Allison @ Life's a Bowl December 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

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!

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I agree that our current thoughts are MUCH better! Our bodies deserve to be treated well!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

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 :)

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm

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!!

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Lisa December 4, 2012 at 11:13 am

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

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Thanks Lisa!! I’m so glad that so many of us are realizing this!! Hopefully it will help others as well!

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Great post, Brittany!!! I couldn’t agree more. Love this <3

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Thanks love!!

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Maria December 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm

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 :)

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

lol… I used to think the same thing about the elliptical readers!!! I’m so glad my thought process has changed!

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Katie @ Livehalffull December 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I love this list!!! I’ve really been trying to “honor my body” lately. If I need a rest day, I give it to my body. It makes the workout days much sweeter. :)

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm

rest days help me to come back stronger too!! so worth it!

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Amber @ ExSoyCise December 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm

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.

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm

This is so true. Fit can mean so many different things. In fact, I think everyone has their own definition of it. So glad you like mine! :)

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Ali December 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Great post! Going to post on FB tomorrow…

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Devon @ Health in Equilibrium December 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm

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 :)

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I totally agree!! The media tells women that we need to workout like crazy and look like supermodels instead of real women. It can be so frustrating!

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries December 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Amen girlfriend! Couldn’t agree with you more! As you know, my perception of what “fit” is has changed over the past year or so too. Love everything you have to say here! :)

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Thanks friend!! My changes are in large part due to your encouragement!! I owe you a big hug and thank you!

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Janene December 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Um, I SOOO needed to hear this! Thanks! :)

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I’m so glad that it resonated with you girl!! xoxo

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Heidi @ Idlehide December 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm

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!

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Yes!! Seeing people who have difficulties like that really puts things into perspective, yes??

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Matt @ The Athlete's Plate December 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Love this! I think fit is a healthy body and healthy mind.

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm

YES!! agree 100%

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Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy December 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I love this! Rest days are just as important as active days!

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I know… I just wish I had believed that earlier in life!

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Jessie December 4, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Love this post, girl! I couldn’t agree with you more on your list.

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Thanks love… I thought you would agree!! ;)

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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen December 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm

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.

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

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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angela @ anotherbiteplease December 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm

wow agree!!!! this post is so inspiring…

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Thanks Angela!!

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Amanda @ Eat More Rabbit Food December 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I couldn’t agree more! I have overcome many false ideas of what fit is. I think ‘honoring my body’ sums up so much of what fit really is! Great Post!

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Brittany December 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Agreed! And each person’s body is different which makes “fit” for everyone a bit different.. right??

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Janet Aronica December 21, 2012 at 9:02 am

Here here! Ginny showed me this post. Love it. Honored to have you in our Fitness Channel. Thank you for this.

- Janet from Shareaholic

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