What is Fitness?

09 Mar

Fitness is the ability to carry out daily tasks with vigour and alertness. Without undue fatigue, with ample energy to enjoy leisure time pursuits and respond to emergencies. It is having the stamina to perform various tasks effortlessly.

Sometimes, fitness is literally just being able to look and feel your best. The term “fitness” is highly subjective. It is completely different to everybody and that led to the variety in training styles and diets.

Fitness is also inclusive of your mental and emotional health. Most people who are characterised as “fitness freaks” are able to stick to it because they have realised that it helps them have a more positive outlook on life and helps them deal better with stress.

Is there a possibility of over doing it? The answer would be yes, definitely. If fitness isn’t something that adds more value to your life and you realise it is taking away from it; you are not having the right balance.

When it comes to fitness, having a good relationship with food and exercise is also imperative. Food should be thought of as something that nourishes your body and not as something that makes you gain weight. Exercise should be a celebration of what your body can do and not a punishment for what you ate.

Generally, your fitness level can be measured by some basic ideas.

  • Your body composition; in other words, how much of your body weight is fat and how much of it is muscle?
  • Your muscular strength and endurance.
  • Your cardiovascular endurance.
  • Your body’s flexibility and mobility.
  • Your speed and agility & Your balance.

All in all, your way of exercise and nutrition should be in line with your goals; however it is also extremely important to keep sight of your long term goals. If you are a big, muscular body builder but you cannot climb a flight of stairs without panting like a puppy; are you really as fit as you think you are? On the other hand, if you can run for 5 hours without stopping a second for water and yet  you struggle to squat an empty barbell; are you really as fit as you think you are?

No matter which way you desire to pursue the best version of yourself, most of them overall have the same long term repercussion. It leads to a better chance for a higher quality of life and in fact, a longer life too.

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