Health is a dynamic process because it is always changing. We all have times of good wellness, times of sickness, and maybe even times of serious illness. As our lifestyle change, so does our level of well-being.
Those of us who participate in regular physical activity do so partly to improve the current and future level of our health. We strive toward and optimal state of well-being. As our lifestyle improves, our wellness also improves and we experience less disease and sickness. When most people are asked what it means to be healthy, they normally respond with the four components of fitness mentioned earlier (cardiorespiratory ability, muscular ability, flexibility, and body composition). Although these components are critical part of being welfare, they are not the only contribution factors. Physical status is the only aspect of our overall wellbeing. The other components of health That are just as important as physical health including the following:
Social health– The ability to interact well with people and the environment and to have satisfying personal relationships.
Mental health – The ability to learn and grow intellectually. Life experiences as well as more formal structures. (e.g., school ) enhance mental health.
Emotional health– The ability to control emotions so that you feel comfortable expressing them and express them appropriately.
Spiritual health- A belief in some unifying force. It varies from person to person but has the concept of faith at its core.
Wellness is the search for enhanced quality of life, personal growth, and potential through positive lifestyle behaviours and attitudes. It we take responsibility for our own health and well-being we can improve our health on a daily basis. Certain factors influence our state of wellness, including nutrition, physical activity, stress-coping methods, good relationships, and career success.
Each day we work toward maximizing our level of health and well-being to live long, full, and healthy lives. The pursuit of health, personal growth, and improved quality of life relies on living a balanced life. To achieve balance, we need to care for our, body, and spirit, as demonstrated in figure
If any of these three areas is consistently lacking or forgotten about, we will not be at our optimal level of health. We are constantly challenge with balancing each of these three areas throughout life. As fitness professionals, we can promote a holistic approach to health (mind, body, and spirit), not just encourage physical activity. As good role models, we demonstrate positive health behaviours that assist in improving our own health and the health of others. If our focus is strictly on the physical benefit of exercise, we are doing disservice to our clients and we are not fulfilling our professional obligation.