The Real Definition of 'Healthy'

Posted On Aug 16, 2013 By Tim Arndt, Resistance Training Specialist

Active hiker enjoys the sunrise.

Do you have to have 6 pack abs in order to be healthy?  Do you have to exercise for 2 hours every day to see results?  Is a good workout determined by whether or not you throw up?

Of course not! However, this is what the fitness industry has been focused on and promoting for the past decade or so. It's no wonder that 85% of our nation's population doesn't do anything! The thought of having to look perfect and being told you have to sacrifice every spare minute you have for exercise is discouraging.  Feeling like you have to work yourself to exhaustion day in and day out is downright scary.

Let's set the record straight. You don't have to look like a model or a body builder in order to be a healthy person. It doesn't matter how much you can lift or how long you work out.  Additionally, you don't have to work yourself ragged to be a healthy person.

What you do need to do is to do something! More importantly, find something that is at least somewhat enjoyable for you. When you enjoy exercise, it becomes a sustainable activity, because you are far more likely to actually do it.

Think about it this way: Which is more appealing– an activity you enjoy that keeps you fit, healthy and one that you wouldn't mind doing for the rest of your life? Or an exercise that still keeps you fit and healthy, but you dread but you don't want to do for the rest of your life?

Remember, fitness is more than just looking like a model, lifting heavy weights or running farther than everyone else.  It's first and foremost about feeling good and enjoying life, being able to do the activities you want to do, and living a fulfilled life while being happy and healthy.

It's an inside-out process. Take care of what's on the inside (health, happiness) & the outside will manifest itself in due time.