We are currently living in a world where we are encouraged to look a certain way. There are countless videos and images on social media promoting a certain look or image and how to best achieve the so called perfect looking body. But is health and fitness more than just how we look? What about how we feel.
It is easier for certain fitness companies and self-claimed fitness gurus to promote they way exercise should make us look, as the majority of us are visual communicates. In other words, we prefer to learn visually than audibly and kinaesthetically. That is why Instagram is so popular.
It is a lot harder to promote how you should feel. How can you promote how a certain exercise or food can make you feel. How you feel is more of a personal thing then how you look. Wrongly or rightly we judge people on first appearances. So how we look is important if we want to make a good first impression.
So what is more important? How we look or how we feel?
As someone who has worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years, how I look has played a role in how I am perceived as a fitness professional. To some people how I look gives them or not confidence in my ability to help them improve their own fitness. An out of shape looking fitness professional doesn’t always strike people as good at their job. If they can’t get in shape how are they going to help me achieve what they can’t.
I can confidently say that even though I don’t look as good as I was in my 20s I certainly feel better. More energy, stronger and by far a more improved digestive system (I didn’t so well in my 20s, but who did).
I recently took a road trip across the beautiful country of Canada. For anyone who has been there, you will know it is a very much an outdoor type of country. In the span of 16 days, I climbed to the top of breathtaking mountain summits and ran back down them, hiked through amazing woodlands and kayaked on the Pacific Ocean. It was only during these amazing outdoor activities that I realised fully that all the training I have done throughout my 40s has allowed me to enjoy moments like these. And it made me feel great.
It made me feel great because I was fit and strong enough to do these things without think