Before I begin with the real story I have to say the title just makes me laugh! I got the title because when I went to the dictionary to look up the word "fit" and learned it is Middle English probably from the word fitten. And, "fitten" made me think of a friend from California that loves to hear Jimmy's Southern sayings, slang, and dialect. Her favorite thing to hear him say is "we're fittin' to....."! The title "Get Fitten" reminds me of Linda and all the fun times we have shared. So, there you have it...the title is just fun for me!
I began to get fit because I believed that I was not honoring God with how I was treating my body. First Corinthians 6:19 – 20 say, "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies." We are not encouraged or advised but commanded to take care of our bodies. And to do this we must make wise choices and make them consistently over a period of time. What I have discovered since I began on this journey to get fits is that I feel so much better physically, spiritually, and mentally.
Get Fit... what does it look like to be fit? What does it really mean? I went to the dictionary and love the definitions of the word fit. According to the American Heritage Dictionary here are some of the meanings of the word fit:
As a verb:
1.To be the proper size and shape.
2. To be suited; belong
3. To be in harmony
As an adjective:
1. Suited, adapted, or acceptable for a given circumstance or purpose
2. Appropriate; proper:
3. Physically sound
So have you ever wondered why we do exercise "to" our bodies like it is some type of machine? To many of us the only way to exercise is to slave at the gym, attend boot camp, or run mindlessly on a treadmill or while trying to distract ourselves with music or television.
It took me a long time to come to grips with this but there are many ways to get fit. Don't get me wrong. I am not knocking going to the gym, boot camp, or hardcore workouts and for some women they are perfect. However, there are many women who don't exercise at all because they believe that's what exercise has to be. The truth is that type of exercise is not ideal for everyone; therefore, I like to help women make a mind shift that exercise to get fit is not that dreaded workout in the gym but movement that is fun and enjoyable for each individual.
What kind of movement do you enjoy? Would you like to go biking, running, kayaking, swimming, jump roping, or to put on your favorite music and dance? Or are you the type that needs yoga, pilates, or some slower more gentle form of exercise? It really does not matter how you get your move on just as long as you are moving and your body is loving it.