What Is Health?

Health can be defined as the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living organism. That is pretty technical for most in our society, but I think too many people in our country define health as the absence of illness or disease. As this becomes an operational premise for people, it precludes them from being proactive about their health. Health, for Fitness Professionals, is way of life that we try to educate our clients about. In our American culture, this must be something that has to be approached to with some thought and planning. In many other cultures, healthy living is as natural as breathing. No fast food. Walking or riding a bicycle for everyday tasks. No refined sugar. Social get-togethers without food, but centered around activity.  A regular Yoga and meditation practice. Unfortunately, this is not the American way, by and large. We take these things on as we feel the need to change the direction of our health, or upon the direction of our doctor.

The problem then becomes, what type of exercise to get involved with? Which diet protocol to follow? How much activity is enough?There is a lot of information available to become healthy, and maintain health, but to prevent burnout I suggest keeping it small, consistent and achievable. Small changes in everyday behavior allows for us to make regular progression towards health. The level to which you should direct your efforts should match the ability to efficiently achieve your daily activities. Getting fit doesn’t have to mean training for a triathlon, nor does a healthy diet have to mean 12% body fat. The end game should always be-does what I do, or don’t do, promote health? Do what I eat, or not eat, promote health? The motivation is better as a positive by seeking health, rather than a negative by adopting behaviors to avoid becoming ill or getting a disease.

Call the Health and Fitness Professionals today at Better Bodies Tucson to find out how to make small and consistent changes that can contribute to a healthy and enjoyable life at 520-318-3488.