Bringing Fit Back: Defining Your ‘Zero’

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You may argue that yearning to be a size zero relates mostly to the American and European cultures.  And that in Africa, beauty is usually determined by many other factors. But since our world and our culture are rapidly changing, I use the analogy of a size zero to help you understand that each individual has a perfect size and a perfect attitude towards our bodies that would work only for that person.  As humans, it is our job to find what that perfect ‘zero’ is.

In determining what size and body works best for each of us, it is important to understand that some factors are applicable to everyone, and thus need to be considered universal. For example, since being underweight or overweight puts people in danger for a host of health conditions, we should not promote allowing people to be comfortable being too thin or being obese.

Though every individual has to find their perfect size, we have to understand that the body is not just about size. There are a host of health issues that we face due to lack of physical activity, our diet, our environment, and even our genes. Now, we can’t control everything, but we can certainly control our diet and our level of physical activity. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is essential to get both a nutritious diet and sufficient exercise. How much is considered sufficient? This is decided by several factors that will be discussed in subsequent posts.

Most of us grow up without a sense of what physical fitness means, and how it can affect our overall health. Thus, when our brains mature enough to figure out our attitude towards our bodies, it is defined by only our current environmental factors.

In future weeks, I will present information about nutrition and exercise principles, and how to apply them to improve our physical and mental health. But before you can apply any information available to you, have you considered what your ‘zero’ is?

What would you define as your current attitude towards health, fitness, and body image?

Suzanne Brume

Suzanne Brume

Suzanne Brume is a fitness enthusiast (or as fondly referred to by family, a gym addict) who has resolved to bringing awareness to living a healthy lifestyle. Her mantra? You can only live life to the fullest if you’re determined to live it well. On check out her column: Bringing Fit Back and to check out where she started from visit


  1. My 'zero' would be having a washboard stomach and upper-arms that aren't threatning to jiggle when I'm say…50. I need motivation!!! I'll be 'zeroing' in on your article weekly for health and fitness tips. Loved this ! : )

  2. Cool!
    Got the exercise thing covered…
    … all about learning more about the sweet sweet eating( healthily if i can afford it) part…
    nice write up gurl cheers…

  3. My love,
    You are so inspiring. I love how you took the initiative to get active about what you're passionate about. And I will be keeping up with this blog. This is my year to get back in shape (I think my zero is a size 8, though I'm currently teetering between size 10 and 12.) Your blog is just in time for me.
    Love you girl,

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