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This Is My Definition Of Physical Fitness

Many people have their own definition of fitness. Most likely they've picked up their definition of physical fitness from the media.

The media tends to give us the wrong impressions about almost everything. We subconsciously pick up on the subtle innuendos on fitness and they become lodged in our thought process.

Perceptions of the Definition of Physical Fitness

Even if a person doesn't know it, they have an ingrained idea of what a person with high physical fitness should look like. This tends to be person with massive, bulging muscles that looks as if they could squish your head like a soft tomato.

Although these types of people might be highly physically fit, you'd be surprised to know that many people that are "huge" really aren't very fit at all.

On the other side, most people consider others without those characteristics as being either out of shape or just lazy.

For example, if you see a very skinny person that doesn't look like they have a lot of muscle - would you say they are a very physically fit person? Probably not, you would probably just picture them as being a skinny person who doesn't eat. However, for all you know they might be a triathlon competitor who's fitness level is beyond comprehension.

What if you see somebody who has "a little too much junk in the trunk"? Again you might have the wrong perception of them and think of them as just another fat person.

However, I know of people who looked to be a bit fat but could do one-handed handstands and perform feats of strength and endurance that would blow your mind.

My Definition of Physical Fitness

When I think of fitness, I don't think of just looks. Yes, looks may be important to you, but training your body should go way beyond that.

To me, the definition of physical fitness is having the total package. This means that you can do everything, not just specialize in one type of exercise. If you can squat 500 pounds but can't run a mile in a decent amount of time, you aren't physically fit.

If you can run a mile in 5 minutes but can't do 10 or 15 push ups - you aren't physically fit in my opinion.

The definition of physical fitness is having the ability to move your body around at almost any angle you want, and at any time. What's the point of being able to bench press 500 pounds if you move as slow as a 1,000 pound turtle?

I'd make a bet that anybody who bench presses 500 pounds would probably have a hard time doing something such as climbing ropes or do kick boxing for any lengthy amount of time.

This is because the majority of people train for a specific objective. They want to be as big or as strong as possible. The problem with this, however, is that unless you train in various ways, you can't use your muscle to its fullest potential, or anywhere near it.

I've heard horror stories of so-called "strongman bodybuilders" (See also Isometric Training) who could bench-press over 400 pounds, but yet could barely carry their own grandmother up a flight of steps. They literally almost passed out when they go to the top, coming very close to dropping her.

If you want to be a bodybuilder and focus only on building muscle without worrying about how you can actually use your body in real life, that's fine. However, you should at least incorporate some of the ideas I have on this website into your training program. There are various types of muscle strength, and you should try to train all of them, even if you put the majority of your time into one of them. There is no point in having muscles if you can't use them in your own life.

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