I found this old entry in my drafts folder I forgot to publish! Here goes.
Have you ever asked yourself what being fit and healthy means? I bet you not one answer will be the same because it is such a personal question and everyone will have their own definitions. A bodybuilder, a marathon runner and a yoga instructor may all be practicing a form of fitness but they will all have different goals, thus affecting their definition of being fit and healthy.
Perhaps I should rename this entry title but to me, to be fit and healthy means to be well— physically, mentally and emotionally.
Being fit and healthy are 2 completely different things but together, it is a way of life. It actually took me a while to come up with my definitions but I noticed everything on my list are things that contribute to my daily happiness. The second list are items that are mostly based on physical appearance and although I like to look good, those things only give me temporary satisfaction and isn’t worth the effort to sustain.
Looks do not define being fit and healthy. Just because you look great physically or you are able to run a full marathon effortlessly does not mean you are fit and healthy. You maybe training (or over-training) to look good and to be able to achieve greatness but you maybe struggling inside because this lifestyle is eating you up and takes too much effort to sustain.
Just because you’re more ripped than the guy beside you does not mean he cannot kick your ass if he wanted to. Having a 6-pack may only mean you have more discipline than someone who does not because abs are made in the kitchen. The guy next to you with no 6-pack may train even harder than you but he refuses to “diet” because he finds no personal value in having a 6-pack. Just because you are jacked up and look like a body builder does not mean you are fit. You can lift heavyass weights but can you do a high intensity endurance workout? Just because you can run a marathon does not mean you are strong or can squat your own bodyweight. It all depends on your goals and your definitions of being fit and healthy.