Healthy Aging – Fit or Healthy? There Is A Difference!

Building a foundation of fitness and health is vital for anyone planning to live a long and active life. But is there a difference between being fit and healthy? The answer is yes! Being fit doesn’t mean you are healthy and conversely being healthy has little to do with being fit. We use various terms to describe health. A person has vibrant health or radiant health. One can be healthy as a horse or the opposite: poor health and failing health. But what is health and how can I tell if I am healthy? Below are some ways to gauge your health.

Free from debilitating diseases.
Vital signs like blood pressure, cholesterol levels, heart rate are normal.
Your weight is within the acceptable range for your height.
At your last physical exam the doctor gave you a clean bill of health.
Now let us look at fitness. Of course there are different levels of fitness. There is the Olympic Athlete level and then there is the fitness level of a jogger you runs 5k races. But basically fitness is the measure of being able to perform a task efficiently. Fitness is achieved through physical activity.

How many times have we heard or seen in the news of a seemingly healthy athlete collapse and die because of an undetected aliment. Even an Olympic Gold Medal winner can have health problems regardless of their level fitness. By the same token a healthy person’s fitness level maybe at the low end of the scale because he or she doesn’t exercise.

In my own case I maintain a level of fitness that most would envy. I’m no Superman, but I am able to perform most tasks physical at levels that would leave a “normal” thirty year old breathless. Despite being fit, I do have some health issues. I have to take statins for my high cholesterol and my blood pressure is slightly elevated. Both problems run in my family so I guess I will blame genetics.

Building a foundation of health and fitness can keep help you fight off many common aliments such as colds, flu etc. Most people who are fit live a healthy lifestyle find that even if they suffer a major health issue such as cancer have a better chance of survive. Most importantly, remember it is never too late to start. The small changes you make now will pay off in huge health benefits later.

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