What is fitness? What is exercise? Let’s find out!
The definition that I want to focus on is “the condition of being physically fit and healthy”. A definition that really stuck with me defined fitness as not just a state of health, but one that is devoid of sickness.
That’s what I think the real goal is. To put off sickness for as long as we can, because we do have that choice.
So how do we get there?
You’ve probably heard the saying “eat less, move more” and I can’t put it better myself. Those four words probably summarize a large portion of the research and studies that we do on human health.
So how do you go about moving more? Answer, exercise! But what is exercise?
Notice that last definition at the bottom. To “engage in physical activity to sustain or improve health and fitness”. So exercise is a means to good fitness, and therefore, good health.
But note that it doesn’t say that exercise means CrossFit, or Yoga, or weightlifting, or anything specific really. And that’s the point I want to make today.
Don’t put boundaries around what exercise is, because at the end of the day, our goal should be to move more.
Yes, CrossFit can be great for you, but so can other means of movement, so instead of trying to do CrossFit everyday or go to the gym 6 times a week, try to go out and just have fun with it sometimes. Just move.
Go play mini-golf, hike with friends, or just play with your kids.
The goal of this isn’t to tell anyone not to work out, but just to encourage you to pursue the type of exercise that keeps you excited about moving.