149. Fitness balance
Jul 08, 2021
By: Michael Beiter
A few years ago Liz and I had a conversation about defining yourself by your fitness pursuit of choice. You are a powerlifter, bodybuilder, runner, yogi, crossfitter, etc.
These definitions can grow strong into the minds of participants.
You are not defined by the way you exercise. It is just something you do that has a very high return on your time investment.
Each mode of exercise has its list of costs and benefits. The best way to go about your fitness is with balance. Rather than putting all of your time into lifting, running, or whatever, put a couple hours into something that involves resistance training, something that gets your heart rate up and processing oxygen, and something that stretches your muscles, joints, and tendons.
You should have fun with your exercise because it makes you feel good rather than as a means to an end. Physical activity is enjoyable for its own sake. Not just because of the benefits it yields.
Too often, we let WHAT we do define WHO we are, and it's a slippery slope from there to an unbalanced life.
Psychologists caution us to avoid needless labeling distortions. Labeling is an extreme form of overgeneralization. Instead of describing your behavior you attach a negative label to yourself. Mislabeling involves describing an event with language that is highly colored and emotionally loaded.
Liz is a great example of fitness balance - she does it all: yoga, running, spin, and lifting.
She has fun with her ultra capable body and loves the way she looks and feels.
She doesn't label herself as one or the other, she just enjoys those activities and how they make her look and feel.
If you must insist on a label, the one you want is balanced, not specialized.