Fit is a tool of empowerment. Fit makes your life better. Fit builds you up.
Fitness. Fit, for the short-hand version.
What immediately enters your mind when you think, “I’m going to get fit” or “Hot damn, she is fit.”? Ooh, and let’s not forget the social media phenomenon of fit-spiration with its surplus of motivating memes showing us what it means to be fit.
When we declare our intentions to “get fit” we imagine how we will eventually look in our new state of fitness. When we exclaim that someone is fit we’re usually commenting on that person’s physical appearance.
Let’s talk about this a bit. Let’s define fitness and what it means to be “fit” because, as it turns out, we don’t know fit.
Get Your Fit Together!
Even though physical appearance is typically the main indicator people point to for “being fit” (brace yourself): how you look is the least important part of fitness.
So, what the heck does it mean to “be fit” and how should we define it?
Fit means performing tasks of daily living with ease. Feeling great. Having energy. Receiving good news with your yearly physical and blood work (or at least moving those markers in the right direction).
Fit is practicing self-compassion instead of our typical knee-jerk reaction of criticism.
Fit builds you up (mentally, physically) and makes you a better version of yourself.
Fit is being able to do the things you want to do, or committing to progressing toward them. Fit means highlighting your strengths and talents; it pushes you to be more. Fit means moving your body frequently, in whatever ways you enjoy.
Fit means eating in a way that improves your health, but doesn’t revolve around rigid diet rules that lead to disordered or binge eating. Fit shatters self-imposed limitations. Fit is contagious. Fit is fun.
Fit is a lifestyle, not a 12 week program. Fit is an attitude. Fit is a tool of empowerment. Fit fuels you with confidence to try new things. Fit infiltrates every aspect of your life, and makes it better. Fit reduces stress. Fit is not about perfection, but enjoying the journey.
Fit is not a one-size-fits-all mold; it’s highly individualized, malleable, and personal. It can evolve over time.
Your fit will likely look different than my fit. His fit may look remarkably different than your fit.
And what about the physical appearance changes and fat loss that occurs from embracing and living your fit as explained above? They’re a by-product of what it truly means to be fit; a side-effect.
Want to find your fit? While they’re may not be an app for that, there is a simple formula.
Your Fit Formula (Know Your Fit)
Here is the formula to find your fit:
(eat well + move your body in ways you enjoy) x most days per week = your fit
Yes, eat well, simply. Yes, move your body in any and every single way you enjoy (this can include any combination of things: strength training, yoga, walking, hiking, shoveling manure, etc). Do these things often over a long period of time. Boom. You have your fit together.
There’s only one thing left to do: Discover and embrace your fit. If you want a done-for-you, proven guide that revolves around progressive, empowering strength training, grab Train to be Awesome.
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