Health is important to me

Health is something that I take to be very important. I am happy with being fat as long as I know I am healthy. Just like skinny Joe will want to go walking or running to improve his fitness, I have these wants too. Wanting to be fit and healthy isn’t a fat man’s problem, it’s a human problem. So why am I telling you this? Because I want to admit right now that I’m not very fit and therefore probably not as healthy as I could be.

“Woah, Nick! But you all for fat acceptance! You CAN’T say that‽” Of course I can.

My acceptance of my fatness has nothing to do with my acceptance of being fit and healthy, or my realisation that I’m not. They are not linked like the tides and the moon, or whatever metaphor you would like to go with. I can be fat and not be happy with my fitness. I don’t want to you misunderstand though and think I’m wanting to lose weight.

Exercise is important to me, even if I don’t make enough time or effort at the moment. I’m not motivated by weight loss, but by the wish to live a happy and healthy life. I’m thinking that I’ll end up losing a kilo or two while I walk my way to fitness. I’ll also gain cardiovascular fitness, stronger bones and muscles, better stamina and energy levels and a whole lot of other positive benefits.

Last night I read this short article about back pain and core strength. I thought the idea of strengthening my core muscles by sitting on an exercise ball was an interesting concept. So while on my computer last night and while watching Le Tour de France (One day I’m going to do some long distance cycling) I sat on the ball. I didn’t feel too much pain and it wasn’t uncomfortable. I couldn’t lay back and relax, but then I don’t really need to.

I noticed the difference this morning though. Slight tinges of “oh, you worked me out you bastard” were being felt in the back and side region as I wandered around first thing this morning.

Regardless of how much exercise (fun, incidental or otherwise) I do I’ll still be fat, but I’ll be healthy too. That’s my goal, not some unobtainable weight as listed in the Weight Watchers Guide to Self-Flagellation. Starting with my core strength seems like an easy one, and will kill off one of my real fun killers – my back pain and weakness.

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  • wriggles


    I think there are two types of peole, those who accept the much promoted notions of health and fitness, and those who don’t.

    Some of them are fat, some of them are thin.

    I personally cannot stand ‘fitness’ ‘exercise’ so-called ‘healthy eating’ and all that.

    It’s not that I don’t have notions of health and wellbeing, they just rarely co-incide with what they’re supposed to.

    I’ve learnt to be at ease with that.

    I do not believe that ‘hard work’ is required to maintain the human body in good or even optimum condition. I am not an athlete, I have absolutely no desire to be one or be like one, although I admire them running fast and jumping high and the like.

    Just thought I’d put it out there.

  • julie_w

    Hi Nick,
    Great post! I have been walking for about 2 years now, but it wasn't until I found FA and started to do it for my health that I really stuck with it, enjoyed it and looked forward to doing it. I've been able to see all of the improvements that you mentioned and that feels amazing. Being free from the weight obsession has allowed me to become more fit and to get enjoyment from my activities. The exercise ball thing sounds interesting – I think I'll give it a try since I hate my office chair anyway. Best of luck with your health and fitness goals. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  • Bianca

    I totally agree. I take strength training classes, because I love that they make me feel strong. I'm not doing it to lose weight, and I love the muscles I have now.

  • closetalker11

    Thank you so much for this post! People are usually shocked when I tell them that I run 10-15 miles a week, and they are DEFINITELY shocked when my BF tells them that he does, too (we're both fatties — I wear size 14 US and he's a 42-44 waist). On the other side, I sometimes feel like other fats chafe when I talk about running or working out. I am very heartened to read some fat positive fitness posts. Props to all the fathletes!

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