Rethinking What it Means to be Fit

One of the blogs I subscribe to had an interesting series on “What is Fitness“. What I liked about this series is the fact that Mark discusses the definition of fitness, talks about what fitness likely meant to “Grok” as he calls his Primal Man and how fitness has changed for us.

What really describes how fit we are. If we use overall health as a level of fitness, then how can we say that we have to be fit to be healthy (as most people do)?

Mark asks the question in part II–Could you Save Your Own Life? I’d like to add, are we having fun yet? Either of those two things should determine whether you are fit. If you can’t have fun while playing, you probably aren’t as fit as you need to be. From a primal perspective, yes, you do need to save your own life. No one anywhere is discussing the ability (or lack thereof) of anyone to perform action thriller moves from the movies either.

In part III, Mark discusses some modern day physical fitness standards. I think it’s important to look at the standards against we may, consciously or not, measure ourselves against. Do we really need to be fit to the level that we like to think? Can we be a little more relaxed? Is it even good for our bodies to try and run 15 miles a day, all the time?

Part IV allows Mark to discuss what he sees as fitness based on his book and ideas The Primal Blueprint.

I found Mark’s blog while looking around for more places to find recipes that cooked with natural ingredients and could easily be made from scratch. I have not read his book, though I have it in the back of my mind for a future reference. I’m recommending these four articles because we so often take the idea or concept of “fitness” on faith. Everyone thinks they know what “fitness” means. Do we really? Does being fit equate to health? If so, why do so many athletes have so many injuries? Something to think about.

Comments

  1. Mark Sisson is awesome and so is his book. If you lived closer, Mommy would loan you her copy. Lately Mommy & Daddy have slacked off, but so far have lost 35 & 50 pounds following Mark’s advice. Big heavy weights are way more fun than chronic cardio. Mommy used to pet me between sets, but she outgrew the equipment we have at home and now uses the big weight set where she works. That part is not fair.

  2. Having read the blog, I am impressed by the fact that there is no “chronic” cardio. I know that sort of thinking is expanding into other areas (people doing short bursts of exercises and then slowing down the pace) and I think that’s important. Any time we start doing one thing over and over again, mentally we get bored–and I wonder if our body does too?

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