As many of you know, somewhere over the past year I had AN “AHA!” moment where I began to define being “fit” as having great:
- endurance and
My perspective change comes more from my desire to live a long and healthy life, yanno, to have a really good quality of life when I’m older.
Survival of the fittest
Well guess what? The “fittest” is not necessarily the skinniest, or the one who weighs the least, with the thinnest legs, or the tightest abs yet I struggle to find “fitness” magazines that define fitness the same way as me, written by Exercise Physiologists and Kinesiologists sharing articles on how to become really fit, articles that will help me to become the fastest, and strongest version of me. Instead, in the “fitness” magazines I see articles written about such topics as:
Now that my oldest daughter is 7 (where does the time go?) and is able to read, I don’t want these lying around my house. I don’t want my daughters reading these, and growing up thinking that they have to LOOK a certain way to be considered healthy and fit. I’ve already caught them saying that McDonald’s isn’t good for you because it makes you fat (to which I explain, that no, the food from McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants are not healthy because the food is low in vitamins and minerals, and high in sodium, saturated fats etc).
I want my daughters to learn through the examples I set for them that being active is fun. That being fit is about being the best that you can be. When we exercise together, we discuss ways to become stronger – how having a strong core allows you to run faster, to be a better soccer player etc.
It’s unfortunate that the fitness magazines don’t approach fitness from that perspective. I know we live in an overweight society, and articles about how to lose weight are important, but I also feel that perhaps society can be motivated differently – perhaps even with intrinsic motivation (becoming stronger, faster, developing more balance etc), because truthfully the way we’ve been trying to motivate people isn’t working.
What do you think? Do fitness magazines put too much emphasis on weight loss?