Bringing Wellness Full Circle


So, we all know we ought to be fit. Fitness is good. Fitness keeps you young. Fitness keeps you healthy. But the word itself might mean something completely different for each one of us. This is’s  definition of fitness:


/ˈfɪtnɪs/ Show Spelled [fit-nis] Show IPA




capability of the body of distributing inhaled oxygen to muscle tissue during increased physical effort.

Also called Darwinian fitness. Biology .


the genetic contribution of an individual to the next generation’s gene pool relative to the average for the population, usually measured by the number of offspring or close kin that survive to reproductive age.

the ability of a population to maintain or increase its numbers in succeeding generations

Looking at the first definition, we come back to the same issue: What does health mean? It may mean being able to take a walk to one, and being able to run a marathon to another. It may mean not being depressed to one, and being happy all the time for another…


So, just for the record, here is Barb’s Fit U best definition of FIT at this time:

F is for Fun

Whatever we understand by “fitness,” it should be fun to do. Which means it involves doing. Fit is a state of being that is accomplished by doing something that is enjoyable. Because no matter what the “doing” is, if you hate it, you won’t keep it up and you won’t stay fit. People need to enjoy what they do on a regular basis–especially if it does not involve the reward of money–or they will either skimp on it or quit all together. Fun makes you feel alive. So you hate going to your gym? Maybe it’s time to find a different way of moving. Your personal development book o heck? Maybe it’s time to reconsider what you are reading. You can’t see to motivate yourself to eat right? Maybe your meals just don’t taste satisfying–or fun.

I is for Intentional

You are not born fit or not fit. You choose to be fit or not fit by the choices that you make, or that you don’t make–which, by the way, are choices as well. This is definitely the Slight Edge philosophy: easy to do, easy not to do. Everything we are involved with in life should be intentional–on purpose. We don’t love b y accident, we don’t just happen to go to college, we don’t somehow just wind up running a marathon. We are intentional about the areas we want results in, we make plans and link those plans to behaviors. Some of us even hire life coaches to get there. It’s no different with fitness, no matter what our definition of fitness is. We don’t wake up fit one day just because. We plan to be fit and act accordingly. The results follow.

T is for Total

This one is probably the most important one: “Fitness,” according to Barb’s Fit U, does not have to do with a strong, healthy body, even though that seems to be what the dictionary says and it certainly is one component of fitness. Fitness has a lot more to do with wholeness than having a rock hard body and being able to jump high. Fitness has to address the entire human being, not just legs and heart. Fit people are balanced people who are making choices that bring about

~a mind that is alert, challenged and always growing,

~a body that is moving toward health because of what it is fueled with and how it is being trained,

~a spirit that is awake and always responding.


So that’s my take on Fitness.  What about yours?


Comments on: "F.I.T." (2)

  1. Val Brown said:

    I didn’t get to read your article yet, but what are you doing up at that late/early hour, my friend?!! 🙂

    Val Brown – 724-388-6370

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