Friday, May 15, 2009

What Does Fitness Mean To You?

Fitness means something different to everyone. To one person it may mean getting back into those “skinny” jeans, to another it may be to lower whatever levels are indicators of health, and still to others it may be to simply just have enough energy to live a better quality of life. As a Fitness Expert, I have had the opportunity to work with people around the world from many walks of life and many backgrounds. When discussing fitness goals and the challenges faced, I’ve found that there is a common denominator. For many, getting fit is the “side effect” of something greater. With so many other things going on in their lives, getting fit seems to be one thing that many feel “If I can gain control of this, I can gain control of the other stuff”. Coincidentally, it’s the “other stuff” that ultimately gets in the way and keeps many people from adhering to and attaining their targets resulting in yet another dream deferred or goal unfulfilled. Another larger issue is that when setting personal goals related to health and fitness, the premises for these targets are generally created with standards typically set by the media. It’s hard to set realistic goals when magazines and television advertisements are screaming at you “Lose 20 pounds in 10 days or less!” Unfortunately, when these goals aren’t met, or when the effects of these false methods are long gone and the weight has come back twofold, we are left yet again with that dismal feeling of failure. True fitness does not come packaged in a pretty little pill, and it does NOT come overnight. True fitness comes with careful planning, focused dedication and real motivation. One needs to “Know Thyself” first and foremost. What is appropriate for you may not be what is appropriate for the next person and vice versa. Focus on your health and fitness and what that means to you!