What is Fit??

What is Fit?

Seems like an easy enough question… now try answering it. Not so easy right? Everyone has their own idea of ‘’fit’’. I asked the godfather of knowledge or godmother if you will, this very question. Yes, I am referring to google.

What does being fit mean?

Google: To be physically fit means to be in a state of health and well-being. Physical fitness is defined as the body's ability to function efficiently and effectively in work and leisure activities, to be healthy, to resist disease and to react to emergency situations.

And this is 100% accurate… to a minority.

Who has just watched the Commonwealth Games? This year our wonderful country took the initiative and created a movement to integrate the Able Body Games with the Para-Games. For those of you who watched, I have one name for you. Kurt Fearnley.

Would you consider Kurt Fearnley’s body able to function efficiently and effectively in work and leisure activities? Probably not.

Would you consider Kurt Fearnley fit? Yes.

The man just won silver in the 1500 meter event and gold in the Marathon. On a fit scale, I would consider myself a mere 3 to Kurt’s 10, and I like to consider myself a rather fit guy, #modest.

So, I’m going to have to disagree with you there Google. 

Google also mentioned well-being, what is well-being? Well that’s a whole other story but… I asked Google again. The key words google read back to me were comfortable and happy.

The only time I’m comfortable and happy at the same time is when I’m day 3 into my holiday, beachside, sun kissed and drink in hand, but that’s definitely not when I’m at my fittest. Picking up what I’m putting down? That I have beef with Google? No, I actually love Google! 

I asked myself the question, what is fit? I had a woman reach out to me about a career in Fitness, that she had been on her own weight loss journey, lost over 30kg, developed a huge passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle but was worried she wouldn’t make it in the industry because she wasn’t fit. Huh?

My biggest weight loss achievement was most likely a post-holiday cleanse with a total number of 3kg lost. So what makes me or any other IG warrior out there with their kit off fitter than this women? 

Well I know you’re waiting for it, so here it is. My definition of fit;

In a nutshell – ‘’To be fit is to step outside of your comfort zone and make positive change. To know the difference between good health and bad health, to know the difference between happy and unhappy and to know that you are the pilot.’’

The women I mentioned earlier decided she didn’t want to be in bad health, she made a decision to make a positive change and lost over 30kg and now wants to help others reach their own health and fitness goals.

I replied to that women that she was one of the fittest people I had ever come across and to never tell herself otherwise again. That women is a prime example of my definition of ‘’fit’’. 


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