Fitness standards don’t equate to healthy standards

Fitness standards don’t equate to healthy standards

To be considered “fit” in 2018, society has defined it on Facebook and Instagram as: 

  • Running a marathon.
  • Training like a Navy SEAL.
  • Competing in an obstacle race.
  • Rocking a 6-pack year round.
  • Supporting long, lean muscles like a ballet dancer
  • Crushing every workout, every day, never taking a day off


To be considered “healthy”, science has proven it since forever to be:

  • free from disease, pain, weakness or malfunction
  • enjoying full strength and vigor of body, mind, or spirit
  • showing physical, mental and emotional well-being
  • Prosperous, flourishing and robustness in old age 


When it’s all boiled down to its essence:

Fit =

  • short-term,
  • image is everything,
  • gets a lot of Likes and Shares on social media
  • fleeting like a butterfly. 


Healthy =

  • long-term,
  • what we wish for in our 80s & 90s,
  • what we pray our family is blessed with the abundance of 
  • sustainable like the sun coming up on a daily basis 


As you look ahead to your next fitness milestone, goal, objective, workout or however you classify it, ask yourself this question:

Am I truly training with tomorrow in mind? 

Here’s a check list to run through:

  1. Am I sleeping enough? 
  2. When’s the last time I’ve taken a day off?
  3. Do I allow myself to have a few weeks of easy workouts?
  4. Why am I really training for this marathon (1/2 or full) or triathlon?
    • If it’s to lose weight, let’s talk
  1. Am I working out / spinning / running at a pace that’s truly sustainable? 
  2. Have I slowed down long enough to fully address and own up to my past that I’ve avoided by filling my day with more workout time and over scheduling in other areas of my life? 


If you want to explore this more, just let me know. Happy to help get to the root of the issue. 

Brent Gallagher

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