I’m back for another week of Fit Tip Tuesday. How’s that for consistency? BOOYA. This week I wanted to turn Lisa’s series on it’s head and ask myself and you “what is fit?”.
It’s pretty obvious that everyone defines “fit” in their own way. For some it’s flat abs, for others it’s taking the stairs instead of the elevator and for many it’s not a concept they’ve ever contemplated.
My definition of “fit” has changed substantially over the years. From sedentary to running endless miles I’ve pretty much experienced the entire spectrum. At one point in my life I was working out 6 days a week, which included a combination of running, lifting and yoga. For a while I felt unstoppable and invincible and physically I looked the best I ever had. But then it stopped feeling good. Despite a string of injuries, I kept going and in my pursuit to be my “fittest” self ended up doing more damage than good.
Physically the signs were all there, but it came down to a mental battle. I had to let go of my version of “fit” which unfortunately had gotten convoluted with pushing my body to its extreme. I needed a new definition of fit, one that stressed health and not aesthetics and numbers.
Nowadays my fittest self does not need to workout 6 days a week, run endless miles or have flat abs. My fittest self needs to move every single day and not get blown over by the wind. My fittest self needs to eat veggies and protein and whole grains. My fittest self also needs a glass of red and lots of cheese.
My pants fit a little tighter, and while that was hard for me to deal with at first, chronic back and leg pain forced me to snap out of those thoughts pretty quickly. I love when I lift and feel strong and I love going for walks instead of runs. I love working my booty and I love that I’ve accepted the fact that no matter how many squats I do it will still have cellulite.
For me, less is more. I “formally” workout about 3 days a week and that is enough for me. I don’t hold myself to that number anymore though. Some weeks it’s one day and others it’s five. I feel better when I don’t plan my workouts and take each day as it comes. I feel happier and that makes me feel fit.
This is my version of fit, what’s yours?