Life without Anorexia

My motto is
'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'

My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.

I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.

I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Fitness is not a body size

I often get told by people who are recovering that they want to get fit (again)... that they want to exercise to get fit. Which is great.... but the question is, what is their definition of fit?

Because it feels like many peoples only definition and view of fit is having a low body fat procent, and visible muscles to some degree.
  You see someone who is very lean, has sort of visible abs and posts a picture flexing and you think Wow, that person is sooo fit. I want to look like him/her.  But the truth is, that person might just have been on a diet to lose fat and genetically have more visible muscles... but not be able to run more than 2km or lift anything heavy... they just look a certain way.

I am not bashing that look at all, but fitness is not a body shape. You can be super fit and healthy but be more curvy or on the bigger side. You DONT need to lose weight to be fit (unless you are very overweight/obese.. then logically its hard to be fit and be able to  run, lift heavy things, flexible etc etc ). You can be any shape or size... of course you can be underweight and fit i.e be able to carry out certain tasks. But you arent phsyically healthy/fit if you are underweight or over weight... making you not actually fit. Just strong/fast/flexible etc

The definition of fitness according to the dictionary is:  1) the condition of being physically fit and healthy. 2)the quality of being suitable to fulfil a particular role or task.

There is no mention of weight or size in the definition. That is just something that society and media has told us... that you have to look a certain way to be fit.



But trust me there are people who are on the bigger side and run several marathons each year, they eat healthier and workout more than someone who is naturally skinny and eats lots of junk food and just happens to look like the 'ideal' (though i think its stupid that there is some ideal body.)

You can NOT judge someones fitness by their body shape. There are people at my gym who are super strong or super fast (or both!) but might not look like the 'typical' fitness person. But i have gone up to those people and complimented them, told them that they are working so hard and i am impressed. Because i truly am and i believe people do need to hear some compliments and encouragment for their work!
  
If you want to get fit, that is awesome. Working on your physical health and all components of exercise and fitness. However DONT mix up the two of wanting to look a certain way and wanting to improve your fitness, because the two arent the same thing.
   If you want to look a certain way, your goal isnt to improve your actual health... to improve the different components of exercise. Your goal is just to build muscle/lost fat/tone up etc...

So please be aware that to be fit you dont have to lose fat or lose weight... though gaining muscle does aid in fitness, though you DONT need visible muscles and a low body fat procent to be fitness.

Fitness is NOT chicken, brocolli and quark. Fitness is NOT running 10km everyday. Fitness is NOT having a super low body fat procent and visible abs and muscles.

Fitness is the ability to complete different tasks... if you were asked to hike 10km you would be able to do it. If you had to run 5km you would be able to do it. If you had to move a car or lift a heavy box you would be able to do it....

Focus on fitness and health NOT just changing your body.






2 comments:

  1. It's so strange because this post is exactly what I needed to read today...I've been so focused on getting toned arms and abs recently, to get strong, but not paying attention to the right things. Thank you for this post and all the others :)

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    1. Im glad you liked my post :):) Its good to remember that tryiong to change your body or just working out to change your body wont always make you happy or even give youthe results you want because youa re so focused on change that you dont even see the change.

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