What does it mean to be ‘fit’?

A rugby player in Wallabies squad verses an elite triathlete. Who is more ‘fit’?

Truth be told there is no answer. Swap the athletes into each other's sport of choice and you can almost guarantee they will not be nearly as good.

 

The old definition of ‘fit’ pretty much said the fittest person is whoever can run the furthest without passing out.

 

With the increasing popularity of strength training and weightlifting, as well as the ideas of movement and mobility, our definition has evolved.

 

These days fitness is an all encompassing word which takes meaning from many different physical capacities such as:

 

  • Strength

  • Power

  • Endurance

  • Coordination

  • Mobility

  • Speed

  • Flexibility

  • Plus many more....

 

Often you will find that fitness is skill-specific

 

Running a lot will improve your speed and endurance on the track but jump in a pool and you will find that the fitness from running isn’t very transferable to swimming.

 

It’s important to increase your ‘fitness’ over a range of activities and physical capacities such as the ones above.

 

The key is not to become bogged down in one specific definition of fit.

Crawling, pushing things, balancing, carrying stuff; they all come together to make you more capable than you were yesterday.

Everyone has their favourite exercises (and one’s they’d rather not do EVER) but it’s important to become well rounded. Make your weaknesses into your strengths and you’ll be much more fit than before.

 

Being fit isn't’ an end goal. It’s a life-long journey to become physically and mentally better

 

And ultimately improve and extend your life.

 

 

Posted on March 6, 2018 .