Right from our childhood we are used to seeing statues with Herculean physique,bodies carved to perfection every muscle being where it needs to be, not one inch more not one inch less. Is that all there is to being called fit ? Is the gym a one stop solution to being fit?
Arguably, fitness is often described as one being the “Right size” or being able to lift heavy or run longer or sometimes even being more active than most of the average people. Being fit however, is a state of art. It involves being healthy as much in the mind as it is in the body. You could be unfit and not even know about it.
Fitness being intangible is hard to measure to the dot and thus we display it in a variety of areas like sports, work and is measured by factors like fatigue or body
weight. Before defining what being fit is we can clearly rule out what being unfit is. If your daily routine causes you pain or in some sense a feeling of tiredness,which may or may not have involved physical work then you need to amp up your physique. Feeling unnecessarily lazy and often angry and irritated are also signs of being unfit. As a whole fitness is a state of the body and mind which makes keeps you active and comfortable throughout the day.This being said if you are obese or plain lazy then you are clearly unfit.
So it would seem natural to point out to the fact that the people going to the gym are fit. Maybe not. Gyms are only meant for you to take care of your physical body. Imagine humans at the start of civilization and imagine yourself. Would you be able to chase your prey for hours,going off days without food or running away from a wild animal about to make a meal out of you.(That’s a highly unlikely case now a days). This is the true sense of being physically and I cannot emphasize enough by saying that it is purely carnal. So it is true that if you were to ‘hit the gym’ ,you would eventually be fit physically. The next step is to ensure that you have enough sleep. Sleeping almost 6 to 7 hours a day is a must. You need to ensure that your body is well rested so you can face any type of situation more comfortably.
You could play a sport you like and stay in shape ensuring that you are physically fit. The only advantage with gyms is that you train every muscle group in a routine thereby ensuring that all of them grow. But if you know more than one sport keep switching being them,go out for a morning jog or try yoga. Eventually it more or less amounts to the same thing.
The last two factors to being fit include a proper diet and peace of mind. You can never achieve true limits of your body if the food you eat does not match the requirements of your body. The mind is also a factor when it comes to being fit. A healthy mind is free from anxiety,worries,depression etc. Combining all these factors is what makes being truly fit.
Thus,being fit has different definitions for everyone but same underlying principle and that is to be in the best state of your mind and body. How we achieve that is just a matter of personal choice.