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Is it Possible to be Both Fit and Fat?

This article really highlights the need for all of us to reconsider what it “looks like” to be healthy. Your weight and physical shape are not the only factors in whether or not you are healthy. The following information is from the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Is it possible to be both fit and fat? Reports from a recent study published in the European Heart Journal say the answer is yes.

“The complete picture of ‘fitness’ is much more than a number on the scale or a subjective image of what ‘fit’ looks like,” explains ACE Exercise Physiologist Jessica Matthews. “At the end of the day, being physically active has a much greater purpose than solely improving physical appearance. Leading a physically active lifestyle increases one’s level of fitness, which in turn also improves overall health (by decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, as found in this study, for example). Furthermore, being active enhances your ability to engage in the activities of everyday life that are so important to you, such as playing with your children or grandchildren, hiking and swimming while on vacation, or simply having the freedom to move throughout the day with ease.”

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To read the complete article from ACE, click here.

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3 Responses to “Is it Possible to be Both Fit and Fat?”

  1. get big says:

    Definitely agree, physical health is not just a picture.

  2. As a plus-sized fitness instructor with a Master’s degree in Kinesiology and a plethora of plus-sized family members (of whom I’m the smallest) I can definitely say that it is possible to be fit and fat.

    Plus, by getting up and being active you feel better doing something about promoting your health than you would if you were lying on the couch playing the victim. Self-esteem is such a big part of how we interact with our environment.

    Do it once and it feels okay. Do it twice and you start to feel better. Keep doing it and it becomes your new way of life.

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