When it comes to fitness and health, the majority of individuals feel that being healthy and being fit are synonymous. They can, in fact, constitute distinct states of bodily being.
You might be extremely fit while being unhealthy, or you can be really healthy while being extremely fit. The best results come from attempting to strike a balance between the two, which necessitates understanding the difference between fitness and health.
So, let’s define the distinction. The World Health Organization defines health as a condition of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not just the absence of disease or disability. It entails healthy aging, longevity, high quality of life, and pain-free living, among other things.
Fitness, on the other hand, is described as a set of characteristics that people possess or attain in relation to their capacity to engage in physical activity. When discussing fitness levels, it’s important to remember that fitness is made up of many different components.
Endurance (Cardiovascular and Cardio-Respiratory): This refers to your body’s ability to utilize and supply oxygen. The ability of your body to store, process, and use energy is known as stamina (muscular endurance).
The ability of your muscles or a muscular unit to apply force is referred to as strength.
Flexibility is the ability to maximize a joint’s range of motion.
Power is your muscles’ capacity to maximize their force in the shortest period of time.
Speed is the ability to complete a task or move in the shortest period of time possible.
Coordination is defined as the capacity to blend many movement patterns into a single distinct movement.
Accuracy is the capacity to control the direction and intensity of a movement.
Agility is the ability to transition quickly from one movement to the next. Balance refers to your body’s ability to control its center of gravity in relation to its support basis.
Fitness is defined as any physical activity that stimulates the body’s numerous systems and keeps it in a healthy state. Health, on the other hand, involves all of the body’s systems and can only be achieved by a healthy lifestyle.
For example, if a client informs me that they have failed to eat correctly, ignored fat content, and consumed largely processed foods, no amount of exercise will be able to undo the damage caused by such a lifestyle.
Exercise will not reverse chemical damage or restore immune system damage or weakness caused by deficient meals. Only good nutrition can help you stay healthy.
Of course, fitness can and will promote and improve health if it is incorporated into a WAY OF LIFE. Thousands of everyday food decisions have a major impact on our health.
Ask yourself this simple question as you continue on your personal health path, or if you’re just getting back on track: “Am I on the road to becoming fit and healthy, or just fit?”
If you answered “simply fit,” try adding other parts of wellness into a more holistic plan that focuses on your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Ask yourself, “What can I do to achieve more and live life to the fullest?” if it’s merely healthy to get the doctor off your back.
Healthy is nice, but what good is it if you can’t walk up the stairs without puffing and being exhausted all day, or enjoy a vacation?
Set both health and fitness/performance objectives with your Exercise Physiologist to ensure you are addressing both sides of the problem. Then take a step back and watch you grow.
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