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Are You Fit?

A Reality Check

11 mins read

By John D. Eberley
Founder – The Centre for Foundational Development Corp
Co-author of the Amazon Best Seller – The Fad Free Fitness Formula
Founder of DEEP CORE 4 – Foundational Movement™

There are many types of fitness: emotional, mental, spiritual and of course physical. Today I am specifically asking about physical fitness.

So, are you physically fit? Before you answer me, what standard are you using to judge if you’re fit?

‘The standard’ is critically important to know. In this era of Super Hero movies and YouTube videos of people doing truly extraordinary things, our understanding of fitness can become very skewed.

Okay, so that soldier is physically amazing, period. Now – let’s GET REAL, because super heroes are not. So a few thousand physically gifted people out of 7.5 billion, is a ridiculously small number to compare ourselves to.

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There are many types of fitness: emotional, mental, spiritual and of course physical. Today I am specifically asking about physical fitness.

So, are you physically fit? Before you answer me, what standard are you using to judge if you’re fit?

‘The standard’ is critically important to know. In this era of Super Hero movies and YouTube videos of people doing truly extraordinary things, our understanding of fitness can become very skewed.

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Okay, so that soldier is physically amazing, period. Now – let’s GET REAL, because super heroes are not. So a few thousand physically gifted people out of 7.5 billion, is a ridiculously small number to compare ourselves to.

The Mainstream Fitness Standard?

If this is the standard you were considering; don’t be stupid. In fact, quit comparing yourself to other people – period. It’s a losing game, someone will always be slimmer, taller, stronger, prettier, richer, younger, older, on and on and on…

This may be the mainstream image standard, but seriously, the mainstream is full of half-truths, camera angles, and photoshop.

For example, most ‘before and after’ body improvement photos are taken on the same day. The fitness model will eat a whole pizza and a bag of chips the night before, then wake up and drink a full 2 liter of pop. They then take the before pictures at 6 am when the model is all bloated and smooth and following this they go back to bed and sleep for a few hours. Later that same day they wake up, workout hard, and then take the after photos.

Are you fit? Quit thinking of the professional athletes and Ninja Warrior competitors and think about yourself for a moment…

Now let’s ask that question again using the Deep Core 4™ ‘GET REAL’ Fitness Standard – Do you have the ability to meet all the physical requirements of your life. Really! That’s it, that’s all, it’s that simple.

Okay, lets clarify THE STANDARD. Can you, right now, meet all the physical requirements that your life demands – good days and bad.

  • Can you run half a block to catch the bus / taxi / subway?
  • Can you shovel the driveway in the winter and cut the grass in the summer, without injury?

Oh, you thought ‘fitness’ was related to how you look? LOL – nope!

Fitness relates specifically to your ability to move, your physical capabilities; not how good you look with your shirt off or in your new bikini. Do not confuse being ‘in shape’ with being ‘fit’.

Appearance has NOTHING to do with fitness

Speaking with John Eberley, head of The Centre’s Connection Division, and founder of Deep Core 4™ on what fitness means to him.

In the 39 years since my first training client, I have worked with ‘model tall’ females weighing a mere 120 lbs, who were actually obese (based on body fat percentage). This type of body is known as ‘skinny fat’.

Then there were the physically obese people that were really good at sports. This body type is known as ‘fat fit’.

Remember the 80’s? When Arnold and Sly ruled the box office and ‘buff’ became a thing for the first time. For those who didn’t grow up in the 1980’s, the Urban Dictionary defines BUFF as “A person that has big/huge muscles and good looks”.

In the 80’s I was ‘buff’ (still have the pictures to prove it – lol). Buff was all about appearance, not capability, and I knew many people who had physical capabilities that far exceeded my own. I may have looked like a Greek god, but at that time they could beat me in a 5k run, the rope climb and their number of push-ups. They were ‘fitter’, by capability.

For those of you who are still confused at the idea of fat fit, here is a morbidly obese (more than 33% of his body weight is fat) man, High Jumping 5’4”.

You must understand that the three biggest liars you know are – your insecurities, the bathroom mirror and the weight scale.

Even ‘the science’ supports this. Being overweight and obese is not the defining factor for increased health risks. Being overweight and obese radically increases the ‘all cause mortality (death) rate’, ‘IF’ the person is also physically INACTIVE.

In fact, it is PHYSICAL INACTIVITY that is the single greatest cause of premature death known to medical research.

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For those of you who are still confused at the idea of fat fit, here is a morbidly obese (more than 33% of his body weight is fat) man, High Jumping 5’4”.

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You must understand that the three biggest liars you know are – your insecurities, the bathroom mirror and the weight scale.

Even ‘the science’ supports this. Being overweight and obese is not the defining factor for increased health risks. Being overweight and obese radically increases the ‘all cause mortality (death) rate’, ‘IF’ the person is also physically INACTIVE.

In fact, it is PHYSICAL INACTIVITY that is the single greatest cause of premature death known to medical research.

It is also why Sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass) is considered one of the most significant risks to healthy aging. There is of course a huge connection between physical activity and the amount of muscle on a human body; and cognitive health – defined as the ability to clearly think, learn and remember.

Self-Evaluation

Here are a few more questions to help you understand whether or not you are FIT.

My abbreviated ‘GET REAL’ Fitness Standard™

    • Can you walk pain free for a morning or afternoon?
    • Can you sit comfortably through an entire day seminar?
    • Can you get in and out of the bathtub on your own?
    • Can you carry your weekly groceries from the car into the house?
    • Can you put your socks on, without sitting down or the use of a stair or chair?
    • Can you reach the top shelf in the cupboard, without pain or restriction of motion?

Bonus Questions for the weekend warriors (who always answer ‘yes’, to the fit question).

    • Can you play the game without ankle, knee, wrist, elbow or shoulder wraps?
    • Can you recover overnight from THE game?

Copyright © 2020, DEEP CORE 4 Foundational Movement Corp., ALL RIGHTS REVERVED – Used with written permission.

Well, are you FIT?

The latest stats on physical activity (the essential component of physical fitness) show that less than 20% of American’s and Canadian’s meet their countries guidelines for ‘fitness’.

Even so, many confuse ‘shape’ with fitness – you may now understand that you are in fact fit, by the NEEDS of your life. Likewise, you may now understand that your ‘good shape’ does not necessarily equate to fitness. Keep in mind that ‘by the numbers’, at least 80% of the population is not physically fit, so most people are NOT in the fit category.

The GOOD NEWS is, being physically fit is the best way to avoid premature disease or death. It is easier to get in shape if you are fit when you start, and it is also far easier to become fit, than it is to ‘get in shape’.

So, are you physically fit? If your answer isn’t the one you wanted when you first started reading this article, step 1 is to fit some new activities into your schedule.

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