A New Way to Define Fitness

A New Way to Define Fitness


When you hear this word, what do you think of?

The gym? Lifting weights? Working on my fitness?

I heard a new definition recently, in Nicole Lapin’s new book Becoming Super Woman

(The book sends the opposite message of “becoming superwoman,” by the way. It’s about finding your balance, whatever that means to YOU in this season of your life. No judgement, just consideration for you – which I love.)

It’s been a fun read so far. 

In it, she describes fitness as all-encompassing. Holistic. 

Not just your physical fitness… but your:

  • Emotional fitness
  • Spiritual fitness
  • Mental well-being

And I’m adapting this way of thinking myself. 

I’d say my actions already portray this way of thinking as I… 

  • Experience my Spirituality daily through conversation, writing, journaling, prayer and reading the Bible
  • Practice mental and emotional well-being by setting boundaries and honoring my needs
  • Nurture my emotional well-being by expressing myself and asking for help when I need it

But I haven’t thought about fitness (this specific word) as all encompassing. 

So here’s what I want to ask you, so you can apply this new way of thinking to your life if it resonates…. 

What would holistic “fitness” look like for you?

If you started to think of your weekly fitness routine in terms of including Spiritual, mental, and emotional well-being as well as physical, what would shift for you? What would you add in? What would you delete?

I’d love to hear from you in the comment section of this blog post. What would holistic fitness look like for you?

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