By definition, the term fitness (according to Merriam-Webster): the condition of being physically fit and healthy. I would like to expound on this one if I can. My definition of fitness is all about what I call, “the total self” (body, mind and spirit/soul). I am all about making the individual better by seeing himself/herself differently. In my view, fitness always starts from within. It starts with a declaration. No matter what it may be (New Year’s resolution to get fit), it all starts in the head (or for the purposes of this article, the mind). Then your self-imposed call to action shifts to the body, then the spirit/soul. I am going to use myself as an example. At the age of 20, I found myself out of work, depressed and a ginormous 333 lbs. (at a height of 5-10 ½). One day, I looked in the mirror and was repulsed. So I started getting all the information I could on health, fitness and the like. I started watching everything health/fitness related from bodybuilding shows to health segments on the news. I basically immersed myself into this thing. I dare say for those of you still struggling with your New Year’s resolution to get in shape (and to stay in shape), let the change begin with reading this article.
Fitness is definitely more than the images you see of airbrushed perfection in the various forms of media (TV, magazines, internet videos, movies). How are you able to interact with the world around you? Are there problems mentally? Are there any issues with your past? Fitness has more to do with “the total self” than how you look in your favorite pair of jeans. Lastly, I want to encourage you all to seek out ways to better yourself. At the end of the day, your health is wealth. An old Italian proverb on this matter is as follows (paraphrased): He who has his health is rich, even if he doesn’t know it.