What does it mean to you being FIT?

How often did you hear that people say “I have to exercise more to get fit, but I’m so busy”? What is the first picture which comes into your mind about doing exercises? If you ask me, I picture a gym full of big guys lifting weights. This is exactly what we were always been told “if you want to get fit lift as many weights as you can” or “do as many crunches as possible”. Can you picture it? How do you feel about it? While I do not oppose the concept working out, it is really not a way how I imagine getting fit.

Now, I would like to take away this picture and replace it with this one:

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This is what it means to me being fit. Living a healthy lifestyle with full of action. Always on a move…run up to stairs, having long strolls in the city, go for a great hike in the mountains, swim in a lake or simply play games with friends in a park.

Changing your perception what it means to you being fit should also change the way you make your choices day by day. Do not wait until the opportunity arises for you to go the the gym. Being fit and feeling fit should follow you in every STEP you make!

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I really mean it!

You can very easily just take the stairs every day at work, instead of waiting for the elevator. You can climb up the stairs in the train station in your ever day commute instead of taking the escalator. You can skip a couple of stop with the tram, just to walk through the city or take your bicycle for a change.  Take your time during your lunch break to have a walk instead of having your sandwich in front of your computer. Meet up with your friends after work to play some badminton in the park or take your family for a nice swim.

Following this spirit I installed a new step counter app on my phone. I want to track how much I really move outside of the gym and my regular running sessions to remind myself that being fit continues outside of the fitness club and part of my every day life.

It all starts with the first STEP…


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