Being fit and healthy for some people means not being ‘sick’. For others it can be about looking a certain way or even being able to perform certain physical tasks without being tired. Like running a marathon, lapping twenty lengths of the pool without getting tired or bench pressing 150 pounds without breaking into a sweat.
These are all people’s personal definitions of ‘fit’. But what is that universal definition that people all across would agree to. Also, how do you know that you have reached your level of fit? If you can lap twenty rounds of the pool, you would want to do more. Improve. Make it better. Where is the finish line with being ‘fit?
I have been exploring this universal definition of fit or a while now and it starts with:
1. Not falling sick often. You would have to be someone who does not easily catches the flu, is resistant to the ‘regular change of the season’ fevers, catching a cold, etc
2. Not being addicted to anything. This anything includes alcohol, coffee, nicotine, etc. If you crave a chemical substance, the absence of which affects you mentally, it is addiction. You should be free of all chemical addictions.
3. Having good digestive health. This means your body is able to digest, assimilate and excrete your food without much trouble. Bloating, gas, diarrhoea or even constipation means something is not right, and you need to check your intake.
4. Steady Energy Levels. So you are super upbeat after your coffee but come mid afternoons or late evenings you feel super lethargic and lazy. You want to go home and just crash? Read about how to cycle your energy levels, its not just about nutrition, you need to take care of your mental health too.
5. No aches and pains. If you have a stiff neck or back that gives out easily; if you suffer from headaches that don’t go away without medication, you need to address the problem instead of taking pills. The aches and pains are your bodies indication of a much deeper issue. Explore it with your physiotherapist or chiropractor, just don’t ignore it.
6. Your body is not a hindrance when it comes to sports and games. If you are scared of pulling a muscle or throwing out your back when your friends call you for a game of volleyball. Or if you start panting after playing a tennis rally with your friends, you are missing some part of your health.
There are other intangible things that I have not mentioned above like your body shape (how much thin will make me happy?), about generally being happy, or about having less stress in your lives. It is essentially because if you fall short on any of them it will manifest itself as a weakness in either of the 6 things discussed above. Did I miss something? What does being ‘fit’ mean to you?
Now the question is how do you get to this insanely happy, healthy, fit place? (Coming soon!) 🙂