|The various body shapes of professional athletes (from Howard Schatz).|
I wish the popular idea of health was framed in terms of individual functionality -- e.g., mobility, flexibility, digestion, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. Your weight? I could not care less, particularly if you can out-WOD someone half your size who eats cheeseburgers and ice cream every weekend. You can be skinny fat and you can be fat fat with a bad diet. You can be skinny and look good in a bikini, but be so weak or inflexible that you can't lift yourself out of danger or touch your toes. You can be "fat" and have the blood panel of a god, but can you walk up the stairs without wheezing or making your knees or back sore?
It's time we all start thinking of health and fitness in a more holistic manner and less superficial one. A person is more than just their pant/dress size. I am more concerned with whether you are strong, capable, responsible, and continually progressing in your health and fitness goals, than with the number on the scale or how you look in a bathing suit. I feel the sooner we define health by how we feel, move, and function, the sooner we can abandon "ideal" body shapes and obsessing over meaningless numbers on a scale; we can embrace our true selves.
In the end, I believe this more meaningful perspective on our health and fitness will help us live longer, more productive lives. Stop thinking in terms of the scale or a size on a tag or a model in a magazine or an actor in an action flick, and start thinking in terms of your ability to defeat decrepitude - the advance of time and its effects on our bodies. Work towards improving your body's functionality - inside and out - for life. Changing the prevailing attitudes of the health and fitness industry starts with you (and me), so change your attitude toward fitness by being a better, more functional YOU. Be ever-evolving and never quit progressing.
1 minute of rest between each 5 min AMRAP:
- 10 KB Swings, 10 KB SDHP (53/35)
- 10 jumping air squats, 10 pullups
10 pushups, 10 ankles-to-bar
- 1 barbell complex, max stepups (24"/20")