What it Means to Be Fit
What does the term "fitness" mean to you? To some people, it may mean following a regular exercise routine. To others, it may mean being well toned or muscular. It may mean eating a balanced diet. And still to others, it can mean the ability to excel in athletics or other physical challenges. Being fit ultimately refers to your own optimal health and overall well being. Fitness pertains to all aspects of your life - physical, emotional and mental. When you are fit, you have:
- Stamina and a positive outlook that enable you to handle the mental and emotional challenges of everyday life.
- Physical strength and endurance to protect yourself in an emergency situation (e.g., leaving a burning building quickly; protecting yourself against an attacker).
- Reduced risk for many health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
- The opportunity to look and feel your best; a better chance for a longer and healthier life.