Four Pillars of Fitness
Four Pillars of Fitness…What are these? I consider the four pillars to be nutrition, support/accountability, exercise, and sleep. If anyone of these is lacking, you may not find success in your journey to better health and fitness. I was inspired to write this post by Carla at Real Into. When I read her post about the Fitness Table, it all rang true. Carla’s post made me think about what I consider to be most important in a fitness journey. I completely agree with Carla. However, I needed to examine my own journey. As we all know, a fitness journey is not a one size fits all. Everyone has different details that work for them.
Take a look at these four pillars of fitness:
- Support and/or accountability: Some people are able to focus and hit their goal all by themselves. However, the great majority of us need some sort of support or accountability. Support can come in the form of a friend or family member who is also on their journey to get fit. It can also be accountability to others. When you know others are counting on YOU for guidance, you may think twice before deciding not workout because simply because it’s not convenient (or whatever other reason (excuse) sounded great at the time.) This is one of the reason I decided to make a business in the fitness industry. I love guiding others along and sharing all I’ve learned from my own journey. Find someone you who will support you and hold you accountable. If you don’t think you can find someone in your own life. You can always find someone online who shares your same goals. For example, I host a Facebook fitness success group.
- Nutrition: There is a saying that goes, “No amount of exercise can undo a bad diet.” Unfortunately (or fortunately), that is true. You can’t eat junk food all day and expect to still remain in top shape and health. Think about it, a combo meal from a fast food restaurant may contain 1100 calories. To burn those 1100 calories, you would have to run approximately 10 miles. Is it worth it? Think about that next time you pull in the drive-thru. How long will it take me to burn these calories? Not to mention the chemical-laden foods wreaking havoc on your body. [emoji anguished face]
- Exercise: Working out is just as important as any of the other four pillars of fitness. Some people may think it’s THE most important. I think they are all equally as important. Working out not only burns the extra calories you might have indulged in. Exercise also strengthens the body. Cardiovascular exercise strengthens the heart. While strength training builds muscle, which will make it easier to perform daily tasks.
- Sleep/Rest: The last one of the pillars of fitness I’ll talk about are sleep and rest. These are often overlooked when embarking on a fitness journey. Studies show that lack of sleep can cause weight gain. Taking a rest day from your exercise routine can also help you avoid burnout and injury.
What are some things you would classify as pillars of fitness?
Also, be sure to check out Carla’s post about The Fitness Table.