I recently commented on a photo that a friend posted on Facebook of herself and her sisters.
The girls were all dressed up, looked super happy and were obviously in what most people would refer to as ‘great shape’. I also happen to know that all 3 of them are super active, have families, play sport, keep fit and are super busy like everyone else. And before you think I was promoting my business, none of these ladies are clients at FitterFaster at the time (although one is now and the others are more than welcome any time)
My comment was something along the lines of ‘ Wish I could wolf whistle ……..Great picture lovely ladies. This is what being fit looks like’. It was a genuine compliment to the hard work that these ladies put in to be good role models to their children via sport and fitness, and be happy with how they look and feel (which was evident in the photo) not an attack on anyone else. This comment was NOT supposed to be promotional or otherwise. Just a compliment to friends.
Mostly people agreed, which is fine, but there was a comment which I actually didn’t see but was told about. (It has since been deleted)
The person disagreed with my assessment of what fit looks like, which is perfectly fine. We all have our own opinions and rightly so. What I see as fit, is obviously different in this case and we have agreed to disagree. I was also not trying to shame anyone who doesn’t look like those in the photo.
The ladies in the picture epitomise fitness as I see it. They look fit, feel fit, heck they are fit and I love that.
To ME, being fit means many things;
- A healthy and reasonably lean body fat percentage is one of them because quite simply, carrying excess fat comes with health risks despite what you tell yourself or why you believe you are overweight. I repeat, being fat (even slightly fat) comes with health risks.
- Being active. Whether it’s cross-fit, boot camp, FitterFaster, body building, sport, videos at home or whatever, being active is the ONLY way to claim ‘fitness’ as one of your attributes. We have so many great options to improve out fitness in out little town (Lauren’s YouFit, Earls Gym, Brads PT, Trina and Penny’s Funky Fitness, The Sports and Leisure Centre, Samara’s On Road Fitness and others as well), not to mention all the sports options and the lovely spaces we have to walk or run.
- Eating healthy foods more often than not. What you see on the outside is not always indicative of what’s happening on the inside. The ONLY way to claim good health is to make a habit of choosing healthy foods way, way, way more often than you choose junk.
- Even if you’re not ‘sick’ and you don’t look overweight, does not mean you are fit and healthy. (You also need to minimise alcohol consumption, quit smoking and a myriad of other things too but that’s another article)
- Being HAPPY. When I looked at the photo in questions, this was the first thing that jumped out at me. These ladies looked so HAPPY. Happy with themselves, happy to be so fit and happy in their bodies and happy to be in such great company together with their sisters.
I am always supportive and always aim to help clients achieve their goals by working on the above areas, whatever those goals may be;
For some, that is achieving the look in the photo.
For others, it is getting to a certain clothing size (I’m trying to avoid goals of a certain body weight for most), competing in an event such as a fun run, getting fitter for their sport and/or reducing measures of health they’ve received from their health practitioner such as cholesterol or blood pressure levels.
My focus to achieve all of this has always been centred on health and improving performance (for sport and/or everyday life). Gaining both a healthy body and a healthy mind.
Most people come to me because they want to lose body fat, but pretty soon into my programs, they are also thinking about getting fitter, healthier and much more.
They start off just thinking about what they look like, but end up thinking of the many other measures of progress, such as getting fitter, stronger, more energetic, sleeping better etc. I wrote an article about some of these other measures recently: Gauge your progress
While many people including many of my clients have real issues with body image and also other mental health issues, a lot do still want to achieve certain size or weight goals and I do my best to help them with this. Pretending there is not an issue does nothing to help them.
The body and mind DO NOT WORK INDIVIDUALLY. They work together, and improving the condition of one usually leads to improvements with the other. Actively doing something about your health and fitness yields big improvements in mental health even before anything ‘happens’ to the body and vice versa. I’ve seen this time and time again.
If you have issues with your health and fitness, don’t put them off. Start doing something about them and you’ll find that just taking the first step leads to taking another and then another.
But you have to take real steps.
You actually have to make better food choices.
You actually have to get active.
Googling, researching and reading about ways to improve will do absolutely nothing. It’s not until you put all that information into practice every day, every hour and every minute of your life that you’ll see results. It’s actually not that hard once you decide to get started. And you do not need to be a ‘saint’. Just one small step leading on to the next is all it takes.
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