The True Meaning of “Fitness”

Written by: Syreeta McDonald, CFW Health & Fitness Professional

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The definition of fitness can be interpreted in a variety of ways and the meaning can vary from person to person. One definition is the state or condition of being physically sound and healthy, especially as the result of exercise and proper nutrition[1].In the fitness profession, exercise is at the heart of what we do.

As we improve our fitness, we improve the body’s ability to perform activity. That means all activities such as getting around without assistance or being able to stand for long periods of time at work. Being fit comes with many positive benefits including reduced stress, improved physical appearance, and maintaining independence as we age.

Our attitude and motivation toward fitness can also vary based on influences by our family, friends, medical advice, media, or social groups. For me, it has been a mixture of all of these things. I did not enjoy exercise as a kid, however, my attitude toward fitness evolved over the years. As a personal trainer, I think of fitness as the ability to repeatedly perform daily activities and tasks without getting too exhausted. For me in my personal fitness journey, it is the health benefits and self-esteem that motivate me the most.

We have flexibility in choosing the activities we enjoy in order to stay fit. When we find enjoyment in that activity, it can be a great way to find long term success, have a better sense of accomplishment, and higher quality of life.

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