“I just want to be FIT!”
So many of us make this statement, even I have said this before. But what does that really mean? Many people have a misconception of the word “fit” and imagine an Instagram fitness model in a bikini with that “perfect” body. But in reality being fit has no certain look or exact measurement. To be physically fit means to be in a state of health and well-being. Physical fitness is defined as the body’s ability to function efficiently and effectively in work and leisure activities, to be healthy, to resist disease and to react to emergency situations.
So are you FIT? Think about this, there are a few areas you can measure to see if we are physically fit:
First, you need to look at our Body Composition. Body Composition is used to describe the percentages of fat, bone, water, and muscle in your body. You can check this usually at a gym or nutrition shop. This is a great place to start so you can see what your body is made of and if you are in a healthy range for your body fat percentage.
Next, you should check on your Cardiorespiratory Endurance. Basically this is your ability to perform activities like climbing stairs, running after your kiddos, riding a bike, or walking super fast to get to your destination on time without getting easily exhausted.
Then, you should look at your Muscular Endurance or Strength, this is how well you can hold a position or repeat a move over and over again until you are fatigued. You can measure this with weights at a gym by seeing how many reps of a certain move you can do or have much weight you can lift, but this is important in your everyday life. Carrying groceries to your door, carrying your toddler or baby for hours, moving your furniture around or unloading packages at work are the activities that are done daily that measure your muscular endurance and strength.
Last, but very important, is your flexibility. It’s not about doing the splits or performing those high kicks like you did in high school. But, can you reach down for something on the floor, Can you sit down easily and play with your kids? It is important to continue stretching and work on your range of motion as you age.
Look at each of these categories and determine… are you FIT? We can always work on the areas that we are a little weaker in, but I bet most of you fall into the fit category. If you are not quite there, work on these areas and don’t get discouraged- you can get there!
Now you know being “fit” is not about being a certain size, weight, or having a six pack. It is about being healthy and able to perform the demands of your daily life. So, can someone that weighs 100 pounds and wears a size 0 be fit…yes. Can someone that weighs 130 pounds and wears a size 6 be fit…yes. Can someone that weights 175 pounds and wear a size 14 be fit…Hell YES!!! Fit comes in all shapes and sizes, be proud of how FIT looks on you, and stop comparing yourself to others! Much love ladies!!
– Sandra H.