For me, fitness is first and foremost about feeling good and being able to move without pain.
True fitness is about feeling healthy and being in sufficient shape to do the activities you want to do and live the lifestyle you want to live.
Can you play with your kids or grand kids? If hiking, running a marathon, cycling or competing is on your bucket list, can you do it? Do you feel good after a day spent gardening? Are you able to climb all the necessary stairs in your life without getting winded or having to take a break?
I’ve learned that physical fitness is simply defined as your body’s ability to perform tasks.
Nowadays, there are more tools available than ever for fitness enthusiasts to track, measure and follow.
For example, you’ve got body mass index (BMI), resting heart rate, body fat percentage, VO2 max, 5K or marathon personal records (PRs), 100-meter-dash times, and bench-press maxes.
These are all objective measures we use to gauge progress.