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People seem to worry a lot about being fit — but fit for what? As my lovely bride Lea Seidman Hernandez has pointed out, a champion heavyweight wrestler’s body, while undeniably athletic, isn’t necessarily fit for figure skating.

I prefer to concentrate on health rather than fitness. If I want to be fit for anything, it’s for living a long time. (I’m admittedly biased, since I wrote The Longevity Sourcebook. You can find it on Amazon.)

Unfortunately, health isn’t as obvious as fitness. A friend of mine, a model, had a beautiful body, but she suffered terribly from lyme disease. Another friend, a convention cosplayer who looked sensational, has had irritable bowel syndrome. Other people who look fit could have fibromyalgia, lupus, migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome, or schizophrenia.

Goodness knows that I want a body that looks so trim and muscular that it draws admiring stares — but I’ll settle for one that lives a long, healthy, disease-free life. Since the two often come together, maybe I’ll get both if I eat and exercise right.