YOU CHOOSE FITNESS OR SUPER FITNESS
You choose fitness or super fitness. I choose fitness. Today I walked. My plan was to go around the block … you have to start somewhere and small is better than not at all. It went very well. When I got out there on this amazing autumn day, I met my new neighbours. We chatted and I felt energized by the interaction with other people. I started up the street and tried in my mind to determine how far I thought I could go, as I felt so much better than when I first opened my door. I laid out a new plan and I was successful in carrying it out. It was a Lynne-paced walk. By this I mean, I am 4 foot 10 inches short and my legs do not move quickly anymore, so it was not a quick walk by any means, but it was more than a stroll.
I feel great!
One, I made a goal and actually carried it out! Two, I walked further and longer than I thought I could, as walking has not been part of my wellness plan for a while and I have limitations such as back pain, foot pain, bad knees and major depression.
So now, let me address this idea of fitness versus super fitness. Again, I headed to the great Google dictionary. Google definition – “Fitness means the condition of being physically and mentally fit with good health. It is the ability to carry out daily tasks with vigor and alertness, without undue fatigue, and with ample energy to enjoy life.” I really enjoyed reading this definition, it is much more inclusive than the picture that the fitness industry puts in our minds daily.
Fitness does not mean you must be able to see your abdominal muscles (we all have a six pack). Walking 10 km a day is not a fitness prerequisite. Bench pressing huge amounts of weight is not necessary. You do not have to live up to anyone’s standard, but your own!
It is an individual’s right to be super fit or to sculpt and work their body into the images we have seen on TV. That certainly is part of major sport and competition. It is also an individual’s right to work to attain a level of fitness that works with their body and their state of mind. The choice can also be, to move your body in any way you can to improve physical fitness. Being mentally fit is also part of good health. You choose fitness or super fitness?
In the past, I have worked with many individuals who had limitations, fibromyalgia, RA, osteoarthritis, mobility issues etc. Without exception, I was able to find them a way to move their body given their limitations. Doing exercises while on your bed or seated in a chair, is a viable option when pain, range of motion and stability are an issue. We set our own goals and live with our own limitations and we work toward improved fitness, so that we can carry out our daily tasks.
Choosing fitness can go along with choosing moderate eating and healthy food choices. What Makes a Superfood? is all about why and how foods are healthy choices. Healthy, moderate choices.
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LIVEFATANDFIT AND BE WELL!