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Have we got fitness right or is it falling well short of the real mark?

What is true Fitness and what does it actually mean when we consider the term – ‘being Fit For Life’?

We are not short on ‘fitness-info’; in fact, there are overwhelming amounts of information out there when it comes to advising us on fitness. However, is this information truly supporting us, that is, supporting the reality of every day life?

The questioning begins:

Let’s put aside those who consider themselves not fit, rightly or wrongly as they may deem themselves to be. In common with general perception and conception we hold physical fitness as a desired echelon of life. But fit people get cancer, have heart attacks, diabetes and can be fit whilst being a medicated asthmatic. In addition, ‘fit people’ are not absolved from the stresses of life. And so, if we are fit for physical exercise, does that mean we are fit for life?

This is the unspoken beckoning question: does being fit for physical exercise truly transpire to being fit for life?

Let us here take a little step back and lightly examine the ‘top of the tree’. Most of us accept and settle for the notion that elite athletes have attained a level of fitness and health that is beyond everybody else. And of course this is true by certain measures. Considered in corresponding relativity, the type of fitness elite athletes achieve is the end result of a dedicated period and or lifetime of training and conditioning that are designed for certain events.

But what is not so commonly known or discussed is the fact that even those we deem to hold the highest levels of fitness and health frequently get sick with immune issues, they also break down with injuries or problems due to over training or pushing, not to mention the fact that they too suffer from emotional ill health just like we all do. Interestingly, ‘fit people’ frequently experience similar if not at times the same illness and disease conditions as someone who is deemed to hold a lesser level of fitness and health. ‘Fit-people’ also suffer from stress in the work place, as well as from unresolved conflict and bullying, missing out on promotions, and relationships issues. Which begs the question, is there more to consider when we discuss Fitness and Health with regard to all that life is?

Serge Benhayon has pioneered a way of being that entails physical fitness relative to physical needs whilst holding emotional balance, dealing with our hurts, a genuine willingness to understand people, true diet, connection not separation and an all embracing form of self-love, nurturing and care that equally encompasses others in one’s own endeavours. He asks us to deliberate deeper, farther and wider. Some of his offerings:

"We must all be fit for life, and this means all that life is and not just the segments you need more wind and or strength for."

"If we are not fit for life, life will be difficult to cope with, and as a result, life itself can harm you."

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"Be truly fit for life, that is to say it is better to do life, than have life do you."

What exactly is he saying, what is it that we are being asked to reflect when preparing for life that requires us to look ‘deeper, farther and wider’?

Serge Benhayon’s teachings present the importance of ensuring a level of fitness that prepares us for life, all of it, which therefore naturally extends to all aspects of one’s physiological health, physical health, emotional health and, an understanding of wellbeing that does not accept function or even good function as its standard.

According to Serge Benhayon -- being prepared for life means:

  1. To be totally connected and aware of your entire body
  2. To allow and to bring a wide and thoughtful understanding of all people, however they are or come
  3. To know that we are all designed to work, live, and express cooperatively with all others
  4. That we can learn to deal with existing or arising situations lovingly, without resorting to or provoking argument.

Serge has been sharing the virtues of the real wider and deeper meaning of the term ‘be fit for life’ since 1999. He presents encouragingly that understanding other people is a very big aspect to our fitness as this leads one to not to be drained or emotionally reactive or hurt. This is a subject that is not commonly spoken of when we consider being fit or being fit for life and yet it is incredibly important given our unresolved issues, tension with others or unresolved situations which can lead to ill affects such as stress, hurt, angst or worry.

Combined with a specific and relative form of physical training and activity, being fit for life empowers us all to be more thorough and thus wiser about our approach to fitness. It opens us up to an approach for life rather than for any one particular event. Certainly well worth the consideration.

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    By Miranda Benhayon