“Athletes eat and train, they don’t diet and exercise.”
You need to develop the mindset of an athlete. Again, it’s about optimizing every aspect of health; your mental health included. With an exception of bodybuilders, all successful athletes understand that they have to be properly nourished in order to stay fueled and, ultimately, accomplish their fitness goals. Contrary to popular belief, achieving fitness isn’t all about self-deprivation. Athletes aren’t starving themselves to get the nice 6 pack or the “perfect body”; rather, they’re eating a lot of healthy foods and are at least able to keep a nicely toned figure with proper training.
Remember, it’s all about being fit versus merely looking fit—the two are NOT the same. Again, get rid of the notion of a standard fitness model. All the photoshopped and fabricated images of fitness aren’t real, and poorly represent what it really takes to become and stay fit. No one person’s personal fitness is standard for all.
Fitness varies across all body types. Here’s a list of some famous, successful athletes and their measurements:
Usain Bolt. Track & field:
Height: 6′ 5″ (1.95 m)
Weight: 207 lbs. (94 kg)
Serena Williams. Pro tennis player:
Height: 5 ft. 9 in. (1.75 meters). Weight: 150 lbs. (68.2 kilos).
Derek Jeter. Pro baseball player:
Height: 6′ 3″, Weight: 195 lb.
Jonathan Quick. Pro hockey player
Height 6 ft. 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 220 lb. (100 kg)
Gabby Douglas. Gymnast
Height, 4 feet 11 inches (1.50 m). Weight, 90 pounds (41 kg).
Alberto Contador. Pro cyclist:
Height 5ft 9 in 1.76 m
Weight. 137 lb. 62 kg
Above information excerpted from Jeff White’s book, “The 3 Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Fitness.” *To be released soon.