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No-one ever said fitness was easy, and it just happens to be a key necessity it the effectiveness of life; one of the main components of a healthy lifestyle, fitness is therefore an essential piece in the jigsaw of life contentment. But, what is “fitness”? How do you know if you are “fit“? What does it mean to you and how do you achieve it?

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If you speak to an athlete about fitness, they may tell you their intense dawn to dusk routine of different exercise programs and training plans; for an average working person this type of fitness is unrealistic and, in many ways, a massive scare factor for those new to the idea of “getting fit”. Guess what; just because you aren’t in the top 10 of your local marathon, or winning matches in your regions football team, doesn’t mean you aren’t “fit” “healthy” and on your way to a longer, more fulfilling life.

The truth is, athletic training is short term (they aren’t going to maintain this level forever) and monitored closely by professionals; plus, they get PAID to work-out. For the rest of us, we have to squeeze training and food preparation around the rest of our lives. After an athlete retires, they too join us as human beings, and have to find realistic levels of fitness to maintain.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com defines fitness to be:

1. The state or condition of being fit; suitability or appropriateness.
2. Good health or physical condition, especially as the result of exercise and proper nutrition.

Trying to describe what “fitness” is, remains vague and unmeasurable in terms of health. Medical professionals can tell you if you are unfit or how technically fit you are; but in our everyday lives there is nothing to tell if you are a “fit” person, we can only exercise regularly and eat well in the assumption we are doing enough and the knowledge our bodies need us to do this.
In most cases, motivation then begins to lack, you have been eating well and going to the gym 5 times a week for the past 10 years; you are in good shape and within society you are seen to be “fit”, but what makes you continue this commendable routine forever? We are human beings, we need reasoning in actions and have a habitual nature to want to see results before committing.
So today, I encourage you to set yourself a goal; be it to sign up for a local fun run, climb a different mountain/swim a different ocean, join a sports team, look good in a new dress, try a new type of exercise or just be fit enough to run after your children. Everyone needs a little extra push, a personal reason to get started or keep going. Make today the day you set a new goal, engage in a change and aim higher than you have before.
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Asalaamu Alaykum ❤
Safiyah Esack – 09/09/2013
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