What does fitness mean to you? For me fitness holds several different meanings, and none have to do with "looking good." I committed to fitness because of 9/11. I can't forget the day when my mom finally picked me up from school, and once we got home, she recounted a harrowing story of how she ran to escape the debris from one of the falling buildings. I was a child then, but I never forgot her retelling of the event or the PTSD she experienced afterward. As a adult, I promised myself I'd be prepared if anything like that could happen again.
The gym also sometimes gives me purpose. It's a way to get myself out the bed, especially when mental health is not up to par. The discipline I practice while at the gym helps to reground me and a good workout can shape my mood, and my work ethic, for the rest of the day. (It also doesn't hurt that my NYSC is a cple blocks away for me). Working out as a means of to live up to unrealistic beauty standards never truly resonated with me. Looking good never improved my mental health, or mood, nor has it ever made me a better worker. If someone dated me for looks, then let's be real, that's a shallow relationship with no nourishment and doomed to fail.
We are all beautiful as we are. Our traumas and motivations look different. Our bodies look and respond differently. And all of that is ok. If fitness is something you engage in, what does it mean for you?