The new year spurs many of us to make fitness related resolutions or goals, and it also brings the magazine and internet articles advising women how to “get the body you want.” You know what I’m talking about…”get toned” by doing lots of reps of very low weights. I hear some celebrity fitness trainers are
Moving away from what you don’t want may seem only semantically different from moving towards what you do want. When it comes to your body, look at a picture of a person who has a body that looks markedly less fit than your own and one of someone whose body looks markedly more fit than
A person’s worth has nothing to do with how much they weigh, or their dress size. It also has nothing to do with how much they squat or how fast they can run a mile. With a few unfortunate and sad exceptions, we’re all good people. We all love, and contribute, and support, and teach, and learn. These are the measure of our worth, and we’re all worthy. The physical self-image should not be at all connected to these much more important things… nor should fitness, even, because fitness is not about how good a person one is. Whatever level of fitness a person is, it’s no reason to look at themselves and feel badly. Fitness is not at all about how good a person one is, it’s entirely and only about one’s health… it’s about how long a person is likely to be around in the world, being the good person that they already are.