Fit doesn’t always mean healthy and healthy doesn’t mean fit. We have mixed up these two things and made them interchangeable. I like to blame marketing, but we won't go there.
In order to be healthy I think we can all agree we do need to move and nourish our body, but health is not defined by looking like a model, a professional athlete or being able to lift hundreds of pounds, be the fastest or run the longest. All of these things may be goals, but they are not a necessity of health nor do they define it.
Being fit and looking perfect does not equal healthy. Whether 'perfect' to you means strong, jacked, or thin what you see on the outside doesn’t always reflect what is going on inside. Sometimes what is done to get this illusion of health is actually detrimental to a person’s longevity and wellbeing. Mental, emotional and physical.
We have choices of course.
- we could do something extreme and ultimately harmful to get the outward aesthetic we want
- we could focus on health and put fitness on hold
- we could be content with our body no matter what it looks like as long as we're healthy
- we could try to be the example of health and fitness
Many of us want it all of course. I don’t want to attain my physique goals but destroy myself to do it and pay later (which many of us have done). I don't want to desire a certain physique to fit into societies standard of beauty. Here's what I do want: to feel strong, to love myself no matter what my body looks like and to respect that my body sometimes needs rest to be healthy.
Health and fitness…that goal can be more of a long road. Its not usually fast, and often there are many bumps along the way.
There are so many women coming out and openly sharing their own struggles with health and fitness...or health vs. fitness or health = fitness.
I'm so inspired by their stories. Here are just a few that hit very close to home for me, check them out!