Physical Fitness and Wellness – What is the Connection?

Physical Fitness and Wellness – What is the Connection?


Fitness and wellness are words that at
first glance seem to be synonymous. In the world of health and fitness we see
these terms being used individually quite a bit. In my last video on defining
health and fitness I myself said that fitness for the average individual
probably has more to do with wellness than anything else. After making the
video I started to ask myself some new questions: Can wellness and fitness be
considered the same thing? Do they relate to each other and if so how is the some
meaningful conclusion we can draw from their being combined in the phrase
fitness and wellness? I am not sure what else we will discover, but I know neither
can be achieved without a particular state of mind. Every quest begins with a point of
origin, or in this case a perspective of focus. So let’s establish that we are
performing our examination from a holistic health perspective. Next, it
would be helpful to establish definitions for each of the words
separately.. According to the Webster English dictionary wellness is defined
as” the state of being in a satisfactory or comfortable condition; prosperous in
good health, or sound body and mind”. This same reference defines fitness as “the
state of being in suitable a condition prepared already in good physical
condition as feeling fit”. Immediately it is apparent that the terms do relate in
a meaningful way. Certainly a key component of a sound body would be that
it was in good physical condition. However, wellness goes further and
includes concepts and perceptions highly influenced by the mind ;comfortable or
satisfactory condition prosperous and a sound mind.
So fitness and wellness relate in the same manner as a branch and the tree it’s
sprouting from. Fitness is a subset of the wellness universe. Let’s now examine this idea of the mind
and the role it plays in the phrase fitness and wellness. There is no level
of fitness that has ever been maintained over a period of time, without some
degree of physical activity. Physical activity is work. Usually the degree of
strength and health of a body can be tied directly to the type and amount of
work it consistently performs. We’ve all thought or heard someone else say: “I
don’t have time, I don’t feel like it today” or “I don’t like to sweat”.
There are many others, but you get my point.
The acquisition of fitness and wellness requires a lifestyle change for many of
us. This means a marked departure from what we have established as usual, customary,
normal or automatic – you know what I mean. No two hour nap after big meals,
elimination or decreased consumption of junk foods, no couch potato position
every evening and weekend, and establishing a schedule time and place
to participate in physical activity on a regular basis. Changing one’s lifestyle
requires a conscious decision to do so and a commitment to see the change
through no matter what it takes. It reminds me of one of my favorite phrases:
“your altitude is determined by your attitude”. The mind is the driving force
behind all that we are and ever can hope to become. It is the birthplace and
residence of the self-fulfilling prophecy. The quest for fitness and
wellness will never be realized without a firmly committed state of mind. The
goal or dream of achieving fitness and wellness must be adopted by your mind’s
eye, visualized as truth and placed at the pinnacle of your priority – only then
can fitness and wellness be attained!

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