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Saturday, September 30, 2023

UFitness: Defining what fitness means to you

What IS fitness? OK. Don’t Google that. What I mean is, if you had to sum up fitness in one sentence, what would it mean to you?

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The first thing that may come to mind is a killer body, right? Even if that may be true for some of you, fitness encompasses so much more. It’s really not about the “model body”; it’s about the feeling you get from your workout.

I decided to venture into The Swamp to get some help from my fellow Gators. Here are five fitness definitions from The Gator Nation:

1. “It’s a way to track progress and improve yourself.”

– Eric Solomon, 18, chemical engineering

2. “The ability of an organism to best exist in its environment. Survival of the fittest.”

– Nik Kaufman, 18, biomedical engineering

3. “Motivation. I just do it to relieve stress.”

– Brad Meehan, 21, food and resource economics

4. “Taking care of yourself, both in eating right and making sure you have a balanced workout.”

– Jasmine Dabuet, 22, graduate student

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5. “Fitness is looking good, but more importantly feeling good, strong and healthy.”

– Jamie Luskin, 21, applied physiology and kinesiology

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