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How fit is fit?


Written by Neha Chandna - Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living!

Fitness in literal terms means improving 5 essential components of the body i.e. flexibility, cardio respiratory endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength and body composition. Most of the physical activities and training programs are designed to work on one or all of these components, which is the ideal way of doing it. But do common people like us understand such a complicated process? No. All we understand is how we feel about our body, mind and spirit, right?

The most important thing is the feel-good factor and feeling great within our skin in our own capabilities. Fitness, hence, becomes a very relative term and each person's definition of it depends on their interest, physical abilities and goals. It is the ability to physically and mentally do what you want to do, when you want, and with full ease and comfort. It is in your power to complete a task without any limitation arising from stress, injury, illness, low confidence, etc. For someone it might relate to body and for others mind.

Here are some examples of what fitness might mean to different people:

  • Waking up fresh and active in the morning

  • Being able to do household chores with complete comfort

  • Being able to move things easily

  • Working all day without fatigue or tiredness

  • Walking up the stairs to your house without losing breath

  • Playing with children when they want to

  • Driving long distances without lethargy

  • Fitting into your 5-year old dress

  • Buying a dress one size smaller than last year

  • Following your workout plan for a week

  • Being able to run for 30 minutes straight

  • Running a marathon successfully

  • Standing in a queue comfortably for a long time

  • Getting a peaceful, undisturbed sleep every night

  • Having glowing skin and luscious hair

  • Having a cycling race with friends and winning it

  • Building great muscular physique

  • Walking your dog for an hour

  • Combating diseases, especially during weather changes

  • Have you found your own fitness mantra?