How to tell if you’re fit

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Are you fit?

Whatever answer you gave there, what ‘yardstick’ did you measure it off?

Probably some variation of how much exercise you can do.

Probably compared to someone who can do a lot of it.

And you probably determined yourself to be lacking to some degree compared to that.

We’ll have gone for the first defintion of ‘fitness’ that Google gives us and set a high bar of that:

1. The condition of being physically fit and healthy.

And that’s understandable.

That’s the kind of defintion I would’ve used for many years.

But, nowadays, I like the second definition more;

2. The quality of being suitable to fulfil a particular role or task.

Fit for purpose.

Whatever purpose, role or task(s) we device are important to us.

Want nothing more than to be great parent?

If you’ve got the energy, patience and enthusiasm for that, then you are fit for purpose.

Work your main thing?

If you can give that all you’d like, then you are fit.

Being a good partner / friend / boss / person your bag (baby)?

If you are physically capable of doing that to the extent that you’d like, then you are fit.

Because, let’s face it, that’s way more important than how many burpees you can do or what you can deadlift.

Isn’t it?

Things like that are nice measures of our progress and of what we’re capable of outside of workouts, sure.

They can be motivating to demonstrate our progression.

But if they had no benefits in other aspects of our life than exercising, they’d be fairly pointless.

Only you can decide your purpose and role.

The tasks that go into that.

And only you can decide if you’re as capable of them as you’d like to be.

If you are, you’re fit.

If you’re not, than working of that defintion might help more.

Stuff you really value.

That’s really important to it.

Getting better at that will be more motivating than “losing a few pounds” or setting a PB ever could be.

Much love,

Jon ‘Doing alright at the next defintion of fitness – how good a particular genotype is at leaving offspring in the next generation relative to how good other genotypes are at it’ Hall

About The Author

Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at The Academy then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at www.theacademygtc.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.