Health and Fitness are essential for overall wellness. Haven’t been overweight for the most part of my growing years, I always pride myself that whatever a slim person can do physically, I can do better.

Phew!!! This is me thinking that if you were physically fit, you were healthy. If you could Skip, Jump, play Football-the list is endless, and you did it regularly; meant you were certainly healthy. Equating activity with healthy, and inactivity with unhealthy. My thinking was dangerously misleading, and I bet a lot of people fit in my thinking cap with this one.

Health

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Firstly, the dictionary has defined Health as the condition of an organism. Or one of its parts in which it performs its vital functions normally or properly; freedom from physical disease and pain.

Health involves EVERY system of the body and is only achieved through a lifestyle that supports health.  Health is the amount of freedom from disease

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Fitness

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Secondly, let us define Fitness. The dictionary has defined fitness as the ability to conduct oneself in physically demanding situations; to function effectively in emergencies; display superior body composition and aptitude in matters of strength, cardiovascular capacity, power expression, reaction time, speed, agility, flexibility; to evince generally superior health and resistance to injury and disease. Simply put, Fitness is the ability to carry out any activity. There are various levels of fitness. Even though I was 120kg, I was able to play football as often as liked, which is me being able to carry out an activity.

A combination of fitness and health is essential for overall wellness.

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