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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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?