Do you know the difference between fitness and health?

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The vast majority of people have the misconception that being healthy and being physically fit are the same thing. In point of fact, each of these can exist as a distinct state of one’s physical being. You can be really healthy but not very fit, and you can be really fit but not very healthy. Both of these states are possible. In order to reap the full benefits of both fitness and health, we need to strike a balance between the two. To do so, we must first understand the distinction between fitness and health.

Now, let’s look at the distinction between the two. The World Health Organization (WHO) describes health as a state of complete mental, physical, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. This definition expands on the traditional understanding of health, which focuses primarily on the absence of disease. It encompasses healthy ageing, longevity, quality of life, freedom from pain, and other similar attributes.

On the other hand, fitness is defined as a set of characteristics that people have or achieve that are related to their capacity to engage in physical activity. These characteristics are said to be related to fitness. When discussing fitness levels, it is important to take into account the following aspects, as fitness is comprised of a number of different aspects:

  1. Endurance (Cardiovascular and Cardio-Respiratory): This is your body’s ability to use and deliver oxygen to your body.
  2. Stamina (Muscular Endurance): This is your body’s ability to store, process, and use energy.
  3. Strength: This is the ability of your muscles or a muscular unit to apply force.
  4. Flexibility: The ability to maximize the range of motion of a joint.
  5. Power: The ability of your muscles to maximize their force in a minimum amount of time.
  6. Speed: The ability to minimize the amount of time it takes you to accomplish a task or movement.
  7. Coordination: The ability to combine several different movement patterns in a single distinct movement.
  8. Accuracy: The ability to control a movement in a given direction or intensity.
  9. Agility: The ability to minimize the time going from one movement to another.
  10. Balance: The ability to control the centre of gravity of your body in relation to your support base.

A fitness routine should consist of some kind of activity that challenges different parts of the body and helps to keep the internal environment in a particular state. On the other hand, health is something that concerns each and every one of the body’s systems and can only be accomplished by leading a lifestyle that promotes health.

For instance, if a client of mine admits to me that they have neglected to eat properly, ignored the fat content of their food, and consumed the majority of processed foods, then there is no amount of exercise that could possibly undo the damage that has been caused by such a way of life.

Exercise will not reverse the damage caused by chemicals, nor will it improve the damage to the immune system or the weakness caused by depleted foods. Good health can be maintained only with proper nutrition. Naturally, fitness may also help support one’s health and WILL improve one’s health if it is incorporated into one’s way of life. The majority of our physical well-being is the direct outcome of the thousands of food choices we make every day.

If you are just beginning back on track with your personal health journey, or if you are continuing on your trip now, ask yourself this straightforward question: “Am I on the path to being fit, or am I on the path to becoming fit and healthy. emotional, and spiritual health.

Asking yourself what you can do to achieve more in life and to live it to the fullest, even if it is merely healthy to get the doctor off your back, is a step in the right direction. Being healthy is beneficial, but what use is it if you can’t climb the stairs without becoming out of breath, stay alert during the day, or take pleasure in a vacation? Have a conversation with your exercise physiologist to make sure that you are addressing both sides of the problem and that you are setting objectives for both your health and your fitness/performance. After then, take a step back and watch as you continue to succeed.

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By Master James

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