The definition of fitness is over-simplified in Merriam-Webster, “the quality or state of being fit.” The Center for Disease Control and Prevention elaborates a little more on fitness as “the ability to carry out daily tasks with vigor and alertness, without undue fatigue, and with ample energy to enjoy leisure-time pursuits and respond to emergencies.” The National Academy of Sports Medicine defines fitness as “the condition of being physically fit and healthy and involves attributes that include, but are not limited to mental acuity, cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition, and flexibility.”
There are countless other definitions on google, but the bottom line is to live life to the fullest, fitness is a key aspect. The beauty of fitness however, is the level and type can be determined by the individual. And the first step to achieve individual fitness is to set a reachable goal.
“If you don’t set goals, you’ll never reach them. Or like they say in golf, if you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time. Take any player in the major leagues: I’d say just about everyone of them had a dream — a goal — to be a big-leaguer when they were kids. It wasn’t an easy goal, but it was a reachable one, and that’s important,” Yogi Berra.
Fitness is a long term goal achieved through daily short term goals. Nutrition and exercise are the key short term goals that will lead to the long term goal of running a marathon, playing a competitive sport, being a healthy weight, or maybe something simple like enjoying a leisurely stroll. But you need both proper nutrition and a good exercise plan to fully achieve whatever goal you set. Focusing on only one of those will only set you up for failure and will prevent you from attaining that goal.
One of my fitness goals, for example, was to participate in a bodybuilding competition. It was a long term fitness goal that required several small goals every day to prepare for my shows. My first goal of the day was to wake up at 4:30 am for my first meal, a protein, fruit and oat shake. My next goal was my next meal, 2.5 hours later, with 6 meals total in these consecutive time frames. I also incorporated a daily exercise routine goal to develop my physique to look my optimum for the show. However, I would have never achieved my long term goal to go on stage had I not set smaller nutrition and exercise goals.
Not every fitness goal has to be so extreme. But every fitness goal has to start with a small step towards it. When one small goal is reached, it becomes easier to make it to the next goal, then the next one and the next one, until it snowballs and you suddenly find yourself achieving a goal that once may have seemed impossibly far away.
If you want to start learning how to live a daily fit life, take advantage of my complementary training session, and let me help you achieve your fitness goals.