When you Google the term “fit” you get two definitions. 1) A thing of suitable quality, standard, or type to meet the required purpose. 2) In good health, especially because of regular physical exercise. The reason I “Googled” fit was because when I ask someone what it means, I always get a different answer. This is for good reason.
We all usually think of the #2 answer in the definition as kind of a vague, basic understanding of what fit is. But when I ask people what fit is TO THEM, I get a more personalized answer, which almost always fits under the category of definition #1.
Why is this you ask? To a bodybuilder, fit may be in contest shape, at 5% body fat (which bodybuilders only stay at 5% for a very short time, just for the contest) with muscles and veins popping out everywhere. To a parent of two kids it could be fitting into his/her favorite jeans and having the strength to pick up and play with their children. To a 95 year-old man it may be the ability to get out of his chair on his own.
Now, we have three very different views of what fit is. Well, which one is correct? The answer is all of them! Fit is whatever YOU say it is. There is no solid definition! Questions with infinite correct answers are always fun, if only all tests were like this!
Magazines put ideas into our heads of what fit is. The people you see on those magazines are the magazine’s definition of fit, but not the definition of most of us! Can we all look like that? In a simple, short answer, yes. If you don’t does that mean you aren’t fit? Absolutely not!
Setting fitness goals and achieving them is my own personal definition of fit. This is because when I achieve a goal, I am now more fit than I was prior. Ask yourself, what do you feel “being fit” is, and then set a goal on how to get there. Remember, life is a marathon, not a sprint. Enjoy the journey, and tell me what your Mark on Fit is!
Fitmark Ambassador 2013