>> Jan 28, 2017
Sometimes we get the impression that fitness is regarded as something that's an optional extra in today's busy lifestyle, a fashion accessory for trim and toned models or yuppies who frequent commercial fitness centres, irrelevant to the everyday lives of the average person.
That's just not true. In biology, fitness is defined as the ability of an individual and the species it belongs to adapt to changing conditions and survive. So in biological terms there are two types of people: the fit and the dead.
Everyone alive today has some level of Fitness. This "survival and reproduction" definition isn't what we generally think of when the word fitness is mentioned.
The definition of fitness is the ability to be free from injury and illness, be able to do work, to recover from that work, and then come back and do more work.
Fitness is also relative, a fitter individual is healthier, can do more work, recovers more quickly, and then will go back and do it all over again; a less fit individual is less healthy, might be able to do the work once, but then takes weeks to get over the stress and strain, and has not even the slightest interest in going back and subjecting themselves to all that inconvenience ever again!
Another impression we sometimes get is that you have to pay money to buy fitness. This attitude says that if you want to get fit, you have to go to a fitness centre or a "weight loss" centre, and pay someone lots of money to give you some fitness.
This isn't true. You're the only one who can get your body fit.
Sure you can get advice from someone with more experience, education and knowledge, and you may have to pay them for this advice. But in the end it gets back to the basic fact that if you want to increase your fitness, you're going to have to make exercise a part of your everyday life. This can include going to a commercial fitness business, but if you want to save money and time, you can exercise at home.
This is harder as there are more distractions (such as family demands, friends, TV, chores, and lack of space), there is less motivation than getting involved in a friendly group of exercisers, but it is certainly cheaper!
Before you get started on an exercise program, you'll ask yourself the ultimate question - "Why bother?". Have a think about the definition of fitness.
Not the survival and reproduction one, as this is a clean, family column, but the one about being fit enough to do work, recover, and come back and do it again where a less fit person would give up.
When we talk about exercise we are not talking about working you to exhaustion, but about increasing the quality of your everyday life. We want to be able to get out there and enjoy all the challenges that life offers us - social, mental, spiritual, emotional as well as physical. Without vitality, stamina, and the right attitude life can be seen as boring, tiring, and trying.
Keep your body in good operating condition and you'll be equipped to convert the problems of life into challenges to be met and overcome. As you do this your life becomes exciting and interesting.
If your body can cope with the physical stresses of life, you will become better able to cope with all the other stresses of life. Your quality of life will improve.
You should bother, so let's quickly go through all those excuses you are going to use about the commonly perceived negative aspects of exercise. Then you can get started on using exercise to improve the quality of your life.
People are afraid of exercise, especially as they get older, because they associate exercise with pain and discomfort. This only happens if you try and rush things, or if you get so wrapped up in the process of getting fitter and fitter that you forget about the fact that your body can only take so much strain before something breaks.
If you're sensible about your approach to exercise, you should rarely get injured. Pain isn't a part of getting fitter.
"Exercise is too hard!"
Chronic fatigue is another excuse that people use to avoid getting fitter. If you are still fatigued one hour after an exercise session, you've failed. Instead of getting your body fitter, you have damaged it so that it needs time to recover. Exercise to increase your level of vitality, not to put yourself in a constant state of fatigue.
"Exercise is too time consuming!"
Before you decide if this is true, think about how you use your time. Take a look around your house, and you'll see that it's full of time-saving and labour saving gadgets. And what do you do with all this time you have saved?
Do you use it to improve yourself, or do you save all this time just to waste it watching TV? How about you invest some of your time savings in improving the functional efficiency of the one thing standing between you and death - your body.
Author bio: Scarlett is a Health/Diet expert from New Jersey. She enjoys learning about a wide variety of Health/Beauty issues, and playing the piano. She is the author of many well-known beauty articles, such as How to Look Pretty and Be Like a Model, and 50 Ways to Be Pretty and Popular.