Here, in the U.S. of A., everyone talks about being as fit as a fiddle. You know, have that trimmed, toned, muscled body that screams to us from ads and celebrities who attempt to shape the mind and muscles of the masses. The word “fit” is associated with that exact image — being healthy and toned.
In fact, body/personal trainer is now an occupation that you can learn at your nearest university. Here, the famed celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson is watching the celebrity lunge to the perfect form.
Or take Jillian Michaels, who has inspired many with her exercise programs as well as her no nonsense approach to making the extemely overweight into a healthy weight on The Biggest Loser.
These two personal trainers are two who have gained notoriety, but there are personal trainers everywhere today, waiting to take the masses to the next level of fitness so they can become fit as a fiddle.
Well, read on a bit, because I have a sneaky feeling that the masses are not that inspired to become this fit.
So, how in the world did fiddle get in this equation? Here you see Doug Kershaw play the fiddle at the 2009 Festivals et Creoles. The fiddle is in the same family as the violin where it has strings, pegs and a bridge that must be cleaned and taken care of.
So, if a fiddle/violin must be well cared for, so must our body. We must clean it and care for it by eating healthy and exercising regularly. Some sort of exercise is better than becoming a couch potato where the muscles atrophy and eventually become useless.
Let’s back up a bit. “Fit” is associated with having a healthy, toned body, but that was not always the go-to definition of the word. Prior to this popular definition, “fit” meant to have a standard of purpose — such as “that meat is fit to eat”. Our ever-changing words push some definitions to the back while the other definition forges to the limelight and we forget the other meanings for words. Consider, do you think the people in the 1800s would consider “fit” as meaning healthy? I think not. Now, we have products with “fit” in it — think of the fitbit, fit tea wraps, or Rosetta Stone Fit Brains. Fit is all around us today, giving us the message that we have to be fit, fit as a fiddle, take care of our body by having a healthy, toned body.
But, really!?! Two-thirds of Americans are considered overweight or obese. 2/3. That is two out of every three people in America are not fit as a fiddle. Not even close. I have my own thoughts on how this came about (thank you fast food industry) because I know most people try to do some form of exercise, whether it is walking or gardening or cleaning a house. As for being as fit as a fiddle according to the health gurus of America, no, I do not think that the average person, the masses, has any desire to be that fit because we know we can not maintain that without exercising for 4 hours per day and who has that kind of time? I will take that a step further and say, who wants to exercise for 4 hours a day every day, every week, every year? I think not.
What we do want is to eat a semi healthy diet (the word “semi” leaves room for desserts!), do some sort of physical exertion every day for maybe a half hour, and always struggle to lose that last 10 or 20 pounds. We’d be happy with that. And I believe the majority of us would feel that we would then be as fit as fiddle!
Until Friday… be healthy….