Fitness can be defined by raw numbers describing VO2 max, repetitions per minute, single rep maximums, and/or a mass of other scientific data.
Let’s make it simple; Let’s make it functional!
Fitness, as I am foreseeing the future, becomes the capability of enjoying the things that mean the most to me –not (necessarily) as an end in itself, but as an indispensable component of enjoying what life offers in all of its adventures. I will continue to enjoy training as something intrinsically rewarding, of course.
To me, movement is life, and a side benefit is the contribution it makes to health.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson penned a century and a half ago, “It is good health and appetite that impart the sweetness to the sugar…”
When your body is in a state of ill health and disease it’s difficult, if not impossible, to enjoy even the most basic of pleasures.
Allow me to take the liberty, then, of framing the concept of fitness in this most unscientific perspective: having the level of physical ability, including cardiovascular fitness, strength, and ability of movement, to enjoy what means the most to you!
Am I missing anything?
For the rest of my days, this becomes my training mantra, with sporadic episodes of peak performance along the way. It’s my journey, and of course, yours shall be yours and, happily, both are correct and true!
Individualism is part of the fitness trail, and a welcome and significant part, indeed.
I admire the strongest, the fastest, and the biggest. But the road I travel need not be theirs. It’s only important that I train for the strength and stamina to travel my own path–the one that brings me fulfillment and joy.
Fitness is photographed and marketed heavily. It has a beautiful face, a sculpted body, and the look of victory and determination.
Do not be discouraged about who you are and the road you are traveling. Give yourself the health and wellness you need that a fitness lifestyle will bring to you.
Take reasonable care of yourself and enjoy the finer things along the way!
The Secret Is…
there’s no secret,
Steven Siemons, ACSM CPT
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