Do you (really) eat, sleep and breathe fitness?
Do you (really) eat, sleep and breathe fitness?

It’s time for a thought-provoking article. Don’t worry though; I’m not going to go on about the meaning of life. Instead, I’m trying to find out if keeping fit should be done to excess. If you eat, sleep and breathe fitness (or you think you are), then read on and let us know what you think.

How many of you watch Top Gear? I know, I know – asking you about a motoring TV show (or programme if you are of a certain age and/or upbringing) is a bit strange. There is, however, a perfectly good reason behind my question (which, by the way, you still haven’t answered).

If you have seen “the one” with Steven Tyler (or the lead singer of an American rock group, called Aerosmith, if you are of a certain age and/or upbringing) as the “Star in a reasonably-priced car”, you know where I’m going with the whole Top Gear comparison.

In his interview he said that “anything worth doing is worth doing to excess.”

That’s OK because rock stars are famous for their excesses. They have an image to play up to and a reputation to defend, and when it gets too much – they just check into rehab.

The rest of us, who live in the real world, do things differently. For whatever reason, we are encouraged and try to be sensible when it comes to doing things. Keeping fit and going to the gym is no exception.

Keeping fit is definitely worth doing. No question about it. The question is though, is it worth doing to excess?

Fitness blogs and magazines are full of articles that encourage you to take a sensible approach to working out and dieting. Your results depend on getting the right balance between the two. Workout too much without eating enough could result in over exercising and putting your health at risk. Eat too much without exercising and you are running the risk of turning your body into a fat storage facility.

It’s a bit like running your car: you fill it up before you set off and keep topping your tank up on the way. Put the wrong type of fuel and you break it. Rev the engine too much and you break it. Forget to add oil and you break it… and so on. You get the picture.

You wouldn’t break your car deliberately, would you? It will cost you too much to repair and a whole load more if you need to replace it because you didn’t look after it properly.

I assume you wouldn’t break your body deliberately either. You wouldn’t feed yourself the wrong stuff and you wouldn’t work yourself out to breaking point, would you? Then the whole concept of eating, sleeping and breathing fitness seems, somehow, unreasonable.

Back in the real world on planet Earth, us mortals, do things in moderation. Even bodybuilders have their off season and cheat days. Even fitness models go on holidays and party until the early hours. If they need to take breaks from time to time, then you should too. Just remember the saying “You can have too much of a good thing.”

For the record: I (now) love Top Gear and watch it every Sunday. That wasn’t always the case though. It took me quite a while to “get it” and get over the fact that it’s not always a TV programme about cars and motoring.

Thank God it isn’t. Can you imagine three grown up men sitting in a studio talking about cars and whatnot for an hour?! A bit like telling me that you eat, sleep and breathe fitness. All day. Every day. It’s just not practical… in my opinion, anyway.

If you managed to read all of the above, then you might as well spare a moment and leave a comment. Do you eat, sleep and breathe fitness? Do you think keeping fit should be done to excess? Share your thoughts with us all.