What is Fitness?

What is Fitness?
Depending on who you ask, you can get a wide array of definitions.
“Fitness is feeling good.”
“Fitness is looking good.”
“Fitness is performing well.”
“Fitness is energy and longevity.”
The truth is, the definition of fitness is often the definition of an individuals current fitness aspirations.
Fitness, therefore, is running a marathon at the age of 50 or simply being able to walk the stairs to the office instead of riding the elevator.  Fitness goals can run the spectrum from the extreme to the seemingly mundane daily routine.
Understanding this, it is important to know that no matter what the fitness goal, when broken down, every definition of fitness must contain some denominators common to all fitness goals.  Fitness SHOULD involve, in varying degrees, all of the following components:
1)      Cardiovascular training
2)      An understanding and implementation of basic nutrition guidelines
3)      An appropriate to the individual resistance training program
4)      Exercise intended to improve genetic or environmentally acquired muscle imbalances (stretching and postural correction exercises)
A definition of fitness that leads to a fitness program deficient in any one of these components will leave the participant short of hitting their fitness goal, no matter what that goal may be.  Each of these activities is “good” in their own right, and in no doubt better than doing nothing at all, but the synergy created by the proper tailoring of each of these components to an individuals NEED as defined by their goal will save time and sometimes can be the difference in deciding to stick with a fitness program or to abandon it for lack of results.
Bottom line, the definition of fitness is an organic, specific to the individual set of activities that are designed to help that person achieve their physical goals fast and safe.
Matt Pirtle
Emerge Fitness Training Staff