I touched on this last month in my post on fun ways to get fit this summer but I really wanted to talk a bit more about my current mentality when it comes to fitness and why it needs to change. So today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on staying fit vs staying active…out loud.
For the longest time, fitness has been something I do in the gym, in the studio, on a field or in a pool. When I was younger I played a fair bit of sports. I danced for about 10 years and swam for even longer and I had a short stint as a footballer (soccer player to you North Americans). Eventually, I stopped playing sports for some reason or another and found my way to the gym. And that’s become my sole venue for staying fit and active.
Which is a bit worrying.
Before I go any further, I want to reiterate that I love going to the gym. I’ve learned so much about myself and what my body can do since I joined GoodLife Fitness almost 4 years ago and I don’t plan to stop going anytime soon. But I absolutely need to re-evaluate the way I view fitness and activity.
The ExSloth in my blog name isn’t there by accident. Despite playing sports for years and enjoying my time at the gym, I’m a bit of a sloth. I spend 90% of my day sitting at my computer or lying down while using my computer. It’s the sad but very honest truth.
For a while, I was content with this existence because I work myself pretty hard when I go to the gym and I thought that made up for my otherwise sedentary ways. But it really doesn’t. And I should know this by now.
Staying Active is just as important as Staying Fit
Fitness doesn’t begin and end at the gym. Or at least it shouldn’t. It should be a part of everyday life, whether or not it’s a rest day. I shouldn’t spend all day in bed just because I worked out that morning or plan to the next day. I should stay active. Move around during the day. Heck, I’ll settle for leaving the house more than a couple times a week at this point. Yes, it’s that bad sometimes.
Long story short, I need to re-evaluate my fitness mentality before I even get to the things on that list from last month. Yes, I still plan to go on hikes with friends and do the City Chase in June or August. But everyday activity – like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking instead of driving – should be just as, if not more, important. Don’t you agree?
What about you?
- Are you a naturally active person?
- Or are your scheduled workouts the extent of your fitness?
- What do you do to stay active every day?
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This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program; however all opinions expressed are my own.