That’s it, the last bank holiday of the year before Christmas has been and gone. The weather on the bank Holiday Monday was beautiful and I was lucky enough to spend some time at the Clifton Observatory and Giants Caves. I haven’t been there since I was a child, I would highly recommend it if you have some free time.
The Giants Caves was quite an experience, you enter it through the observatory and then walk 61 meters down some precarious stairs to a balcony which gives you stunning views across the Avon Gorge and Bristol.
Don’t worry this is not a post about my weekend. You may be wondering where I am going with this and what it has in relation to fitness…
The journey down to the caves, and back up again, got me thinking about and questioning “what does it mean to be fit?” “How do we as individuals define our level of fitness?”
The Oxford dictionary defines fitness as:
“1. The condition of being physically fit and healthy.
2. The quality of being suitable to fulfil a particular role or task”
Quite often there is a stigma attached to fitness. I hear the phrases “Wow, they’re so fit”’ or “I wish I was that fit” and “I’m not fit enough to do that!”
But what does that mean? What are we comparing it to? If a persons goal is to compete at the CrossFit Games, Complete an Ironman or compete in a weightlifting competition then there is going to be a required fitness level. Does that mean as someone who works in an office, on a building site, or as a parent we should be aiming for the same level of ability. Be able to squat 200kg, run a marathon or complete a set of muscle ups…No!
Your level of fitness should be a completely individual thing and based around your own goals. It must be judged on your ability to fulfil a particular role or task. This could be to take your children swimming, to run a local 5KM or even to just be happy, confident and feel great.
In the definition of fitness we saw that it states being fit requires a conditioning of our health. This means we should be working on our mental and physical condition, to the aim of our own needs.
Being healthy and fit should be about having the ability to be active with your friends, family or Children; being able to make the most of the opportunities that come your way without having to be worried if you can complete them. We should all have the ability to pick something up without pain or breathlessness and even be able to walk 61 metres down a short flight of stairs without having to stop to get your breath.
Quite often I think the bigger picture of health and fitness is forgotten, overlooked or even blurred. There are lots of reasons why people stay fit but I think what should always be remembered is that as an individual you are creating a better and healthier quality of life for you and your loved ones.
This is something we promote at CrossFit Portihead, YES we have some members who’s goal it is to compete in CrossFit or Weightlifting. But the majority of our members are here to get fitter and to improve the quality of their health and fitness by coming to our classes, having fun and being supported by qualified coaches. Those giants cave stairs are no challenge for us!
If you’d like to see how we can help with your health and fitness. Why not come along and try one of our free taster sessions!