What is the difference between health and fitness?

The terms ‘health‘ and ‘fitness‘ are often used interchangeably these days, but there are important differences between them, even though they do intereact. Let me explain.

‘Health’ is a general term describing the overall status of a person. Being ‘in good health’ implies being free from illness or disease, and not suffering from any impairment or pain. It’s rather vague, but being healthy does not necessarily mean that you are fit. And health can be affected by many things – food, environment, disease etc.

‘Fitness’ on the other hand, is more a measure of the amount of physical capability than a measure of well being. Fitness is almost entirely a result of action. Certainly food and drink can influence fitness. But the main way of increasing fitness is through exercise. And increasing your fitness has been shown to boost health is so many different ways -reduction in risk of cardiovascualr disease, reduction in the risk of contracting many cancers, and boosting the immune system being just three of them.

It may seem like a question of semantics, but it IS important to know the difference between health and fitness. Being healthy is seen by most people as something that they can’t influence.

  • You’re either lucky to have good health, or you’ re not, right?

But fitness is something which is completely within the control of every person. Everyone (even Olympic athletes!) can improve their fitness by doing more of the correct sort of exercise. Vigorous cardiovascular exercise increases cardiovascular fitness, so that the more you do, the more you are able to do. Obviously you don’t want to go overboard – that’s a good way of getting injured. Just a steady progression of doing a little bit more each time you exercise priligy.

And the best thing about it is that it is completely in your control.

  • You can’t just be lucky and increase your fitness. You can only boost fitness by working at it.

So you have a choice – either you want to improve your fitness (and as a additional benefit, your health) or you don’t. If you do, you just need to do some work. If you don’t, you can’t blame any one or thing – you have just decided not to improve your health and fitness. Make no mistake – is really is a choice, but it’s up to you which way to jump!

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