What do you need to do to be ‘fit’?

Update – as I write the more detailed posts I’ll add links in here so this can become an index of all of the info.

Over the last year I’ve been trying to pursue a well rounded approach to fitness. The more I thought about what that actually means, the clearer it became that there is far more involved than just the physical.

In this post I’m listing out different attributes that make up well rounded fitness. It’s not exhaustive and plenty of people probably disagree with aspects of it but is where my thinking is currently at.

In the article What is fitness? Crossfit lists out ten general physical skills (as well as touching on wellness, nutrition and the Crossfit methodology). In terms of the physical aspects of fitness I can’t think of any reason to remove or add to their list, so here it is:

Physical skillslink to post

  • Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance
  • Stamina
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Power
  • Coordination
  • Agility
  • Speed
  • Balance
  • Accuracy

These are outward expressions of fitness, but there are also more internal aspects that are just as important and won’t necessarily be covered when training the physical skills. I’m calling it physical wellness:

Physical wellness

Finally there is mental fitness. If you go into specifics this list could go on and on. I’ve cut it down to four big ones, fitness here is the ability to control or refine each of these qualities.

Mental fitness

There’s quite a lot to train for! That’s the positive message though, they can all be trained, you can improve in any/all of these with effort.

Over the next few weeks I’ll expand on different sections of the list and give some recommended resources to help train them.


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