the point of fitness, i think
Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 0:34
Eric in fitness

As a disclaimer, there are many people much more intelligent about fitness than myself, and I personally know several folks (and see many more) who can clown me all day in numerous aspects of physicality. This is my blog; I don't really talk about this all that often in person, so please x out the tab right now if this isn't your cup of whey.

In a previous post I talked about giving up barbells. That probably seems really miniscule to a lot of people, but remember that barbells are what basically got my fat ass in shape and made me not ashamed to take my shirt off, even in my own bedroom with my wife. They made me stronger, leaner, more confident, and more aware of my body. Find something that did all that for you and then take it away: how would you feel?

Everyone has their own reason for fitness. Body builders (which I'm not) are into border-line body modification, power lifters huff huge weight, and Olympic lifters snap incredible weights with technical moves that must be reviewed in split frame slow motion because of the speed they can muster. Some people are in it for vanity, others for health, and most a blend of several things.

For me, fitness is essentially about being able to live the life I want to live. It gives me a body that lets me climb mountains, hop on a paddleboard and zip around the harbor, go running with a friend, and yes, I'm going to a pool party tomorrow and although I won't be mistaken for a cast member of Jersey Shore I also might get a few smiling glances from the primarily gay male crowd. Beyond all that, I do strength training to build muscles which hopefully fends off injuries. Overall fitness slashes my chances of getting a host of ailments, and weights combined with running and enough calcium mean I'm doing as much as I can to keep arthritis at bay.

I want to be able to go running and lift weights with my daughter when she's in her twenties, and if she can smoke me athletically it's going to be because she earned it fair and square.

The point of fitness is not to sit around and squat more weight. You need to squat weight in order to be fit, but the real core of it all is to be able to live a long and healthy life, doing everything you want to the fullest. A body that responds as well as it can. You can't be 25 forever but since you're going to be 50 one day you have to pick if you want to be a broken down old man or a shredded beast. I'm giving up my barbell and switching to other activities, but it's part of the big goal which is enjoying life to its fullest. If you never leave the gym and stay within range of Olympic lifting gear your whole life, how much of the world can you really see? How much can you really do?

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