What Does Fitness Mean to You

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    Jan 04, 2008 10:42 PM GMT
    This is just a quick survey to see how others interpret the term fitness.
    Is it the ability to run a marathon? Is it bench pressing twice your body weight? Is it living life without disease or infirmity?
    Thanks for your time.
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    Jan 05, 2008 12:37 AM GMT
    A multitude of things are part of "fitness", depending on what type of "fitness" you are talking about. I will assume that you mean "physical fitness".
    To me, it is having the physical strength, stamina and focus/discipline to complete some given task, and to not be totally "spent" after that task, but to have a "deep well" to pull from for additional activities. The "deeper the well" the more "fit" you are. It is a way of "preparing" for the physical requirements of your day and then having enough left after that, to participate in the activities of life in the way you want to. Fitness has alot to do with "balance" of diet, activity, rest, preparation and education.... There is alot that goes into "fitness" and there are no short cuts...you must put in your time and "pay your dues"....
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    Jan 05, 2008 1:40 AM GMT
    lean muscled core...6 pac.
  • irishboxers

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    Jan 05, 2008 1:48 AM GMT
    To me it means longevity, stamina, and avoiding the weight-related issues currently affecting my dad and younger brother through diet and exercise.

    And if it gets me laid more often, so much the better. icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 05, 2008 1:56 AM GMT
    Basically what Sporty_g said:

    For me, you're fit when your body, in some sense, "disappears" when you're doing some kind of physical activity. You've got the strength, flexibility, stamina, etc. to swim 500 yards or run up several flights of stairs without stressing.

    What's nice is that when you're fit your body tends to "reappear" in social situations...people notice and compliment you. icon_wink.gif
  • Squarejaw

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    Jan 05, 2008 2:10 AM GMT
    Just to expand on what MikeOnMain said, fitness means not having your physical condition limit your choices. If you want to learn to rock climb or do trapeze or go scuba diving or line dance, your physical condition won't be a barrier -- and in fact will make it much easier to learn.
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    Jan 05, 2008 2:51 AM GMT
    Really good question. When I start to think about it there are many definitions. For me it's stamina. I have worked with many kinds of people in martial arts, fat, lean, strong, etc. But if they can't keep moving for an hour I don't believe they are really fit.

    Frank
  • irishkcguy

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    Jan 05, 2008 3:29 AM GMT
    Fitness is a lifestyle.
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    Jan 05, 2008 3:44 AM GMT
    Fitness means I can like what I see in the mirror.
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  • GQjock

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    Jan 06, 2008 10:32 AM GMT
    Physical fitness means to me ... to be able to do anything physical that I want
    run...bike...hike anything that comes up without any strain on my part

    Oh yeah...and to compete bodywise with the twenty and thirty-somethings on the beach to icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 12, 2008 4:31 AM GMT
    Personally I agree with the idea of fitness meaning have no boundaries in your life...being able to pick up and do anything because you can handle it. I want to be able to on a whim go and rock climb if I feel like it...but I'm a long way off from that