Name: John M Mills
Is self image independent of overall physical fitness?
Your question seems to ask an opinion, as I don't think this
can really be quantified. My opinion is yes, I feel the
two are independent, but interrelated.
What I mean by this is first, the two things, the level of
physical fitness and self image are not static---that is- they
change many times over the life of an individual. I think
many many many factors go into the formation of a person's
self image.....physical fitness and/or ability is certainly one of
the factors. Others might include social standing, something
we call 'beauty' or 'handsome-ness', conditions during upbringing,
and other factors which might actually appear to be 'external'
to self. During a person's growth and/or maturation, they
will invariably question many things about themselves and then come
to some self-actualized acceptance of oneself. Those who might
not be physically fit, in my opinion, can still have a good, healthy
self image if they are self actualized and are content with their
bodies and their lives. Conversely, there are certainly 'fitness
nuts' who might actually have a poor self image due to some of the
other factors described above.
I think this is one of those questions with 1000 opinions, all
of which are probably correct :) Any other takers?
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