What does it mean to be healthy?

March 16, 2016 | posted in: Exercise, Fitness Tip of the Week | by

We’re talking literally here, what is the definition of healthy? We use so many health terms, but what do they actually mean? Some of these might help motivate you to feel healthy or improve your physical fitness by understanding the definitions:

Health: “A human condition with physical, social and psychological dimensions, each characterized on a continuum with positive and negative poles. Positive health is associated with a capacity to enjoy life and to withstand challenges; it is not merely the absence of disease” (CDC 2015).

Physical activity: “Any bodily movement produced by the contraction of skeletal muscle that increases energy expenditure above a basal level” (CDC 2015).

Exercise: “A subcategory of physical activity that is planned, structured, repetitive and purposive in the sense that the improvement or maintenance of one or more components of physical fitness is the objective” (CDC 2015).

Physical fitness: “The ability to carry out daily tasks with vigor and alertness, without undue fatigue, and with ample energy to enjoy leisure-time pursuits and respond to emergencies” (CDC 2015).

We should all use physical activity and exercise to improve our health and physical fitness.

As always, contact me with any questions.

Healthy, happy living!


Morton and Kravitz, “Clarifying Key Health and Fitness Terms” IDEA Fitness Journal 13.2, February 2016: 45. Print

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