What is fitness?

Everybody has a different definition of fitness. If you asked 5 of your friends what each of them thought fitness meant, you’d end up with 5 different answers. There may be some similarities at the core but the answers would all be different. Because fitness means different things to different people.

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Fitness, or the quality or state of being fit (gee thanks, Merriam-Webster!), to me is the ability to ACTIVELY participate in my life – whether it be going for a hike with my Sailor, playing with my grandbabies, mowing the grass and doing yard work, taking care of my house, etc.

Fitness, to me, is NOT the ability to do a pull-up, run a marathon, deadlift 250#, do push-ups, or any of that sort of thing. I run and do CrossFit because I ENJOY it and they help me MAINTAIN my fitness so I can live my life the way I want.

What does fitness mean to you?

So, what does fitness mean to YOU? What are you trying to accomplish? Are you trying to reach a specific goal or are you just trying to be healthier? WHO do you want to be?

And by “who do you want to be,” I don’t mean who do you wish you were. You have to be yourself. Anyone else is so not you. You have to be you. Aspiring to be something that you aren’t never works out for any of us. What I mean is, WHO are YOU and WHO do you want to challenge yourself to become? And, how is potentially changing or challenging your fitness going to benefit you? You have to define what fitness means to you. And what you want to achieve from a different/new level of fitness.

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Why is what fitness means to you important?

So, let’s say you’ve decided to challenge yourself. However it is that you’ve decided to do it. Is it a push-up challenge? A squat challenge? A diet challenge (don’t even get me started on diet. Diet is something we have, not something we DO.) like a 21-day fix or Whole 30? What about a plank challenge? It’s all the same, regardless of the movement.  The main question is WHY you are doing it.

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Are you doing it because your friends are? Or because you think you need to? Or because you WANT to and you are trying to IMPROVE on some part of your fitness or just turn over a new leaf? Why is that even important? I mean, as long as you’re working out…right??


If you’re not working out because it’s IMPORTANT to you, you’re not going to see the same results or be as motivated or think it’s as important as it could be. No, I didn’t say “should be” even though I believe fitness is, and should be, a KEY part of your life. If fitness, at whatever level, is not important to you, if it’s not a priority, it’s never going to be important no matter how much someone says it should be.

How should you define your fitness?

So, anytime you want, you can pick up a magazine or read a blog or even watch the news and see various articles about fitness and working out and what you SHOULD be doing to be healthy. Hell, you can even read Yahoo! and find out all about those “revenge bodies” that celebrities have after major break-ups, etc. All of that is crap. Okay, the actual science behind the benefits of working out isn’t crap but you know what I mean. It’s all designed to make you feel bad about yourself or insignificant in some way. And each person is different. That’s the beauty of it all. What’s actually important is WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU. How do you define what your version of fit is?

What are you trying to achieve?

Are you trying to take your dogs for a walk without getting out of breath? Are you trying to teach your child the intricacies of soccer? Or baseball? Or tennis? Are you trying to pick up your grandchild and hold him/her on your lap and read a book together? Maybe you want to ride a bike or rollerblade with your family. Hell, maybe you are just trying to get up off the toilet without holding on to the sink. Or a bar.  Or whatever!

That’s what matters.

Somebody else’s definition of fitness is not important to you. BECAUSE IT’S NOT YOURS.

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What’s the point?

So, let’s say your definition of fitness is being able to run a mile. Or your overall well-being. Or how you influence your family to make healthy choices. Or maybe it’s your willingness to try new things and being comfortable with yourself. What’s the point?


And YOUR goals. And what YOU’RE trying to achieve.

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The first thing you need to do is forget what everyone else is saying. (except for doctors. you should probably listen to your doctor.)

Your fitness is YOUR business. Healthy comes in all kinds of different packages. Fitness is individual.

Be you. Do you. YOU. Not someone else’s definition of you.

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  • What’s your definition of fitness?
  • What are your goals?
  • What is the ONE thing you would like to achieve via improving your fitness?



  1. Cayanne Marcus (@healthyezsweet) | 11th Oct 16

    Yes! I think it’s so important to define fitness according to your personal goals and life. For me, fitness means doing activity that makes me feel good and happy and strong. It’s about making time to exercise, but recognizing that there are MANY other things like family, work, and school that sometimes will take precedence and that’s okay!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 13th Oct 16

      Exactly! You have an excellent understanding of what fitness means to you and that means you’ll get the most out of it! I especially appreciate that you understand other things sometimes take precedence and that it’s okay to skip a day or change your focus. Thanks for reading!

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