Health has many components and physical fitness is one of the most important of those. Fitness means “readiness”. Fit people are better equipped to face the challenges of daily living than people who are not fit. The level of fitness affects physical, mental and social health.
Physical fitness is the ability of our body systems to work efficiently. Physical activity is a general term that covers activities done at work or at home, including walking, climbing stairs or cleaning the room. When one is fit, it is possible to do all this and still have enough energy and vigour to respond to emergency situations and to enjoy leisure time activities like dance or sports.
When people do some physical activity especially for the purpose of getting fit, we say they are doing exercise. We have people who walk to office or keep walking in the office instead of just sitting in one place. Can we call this a fitness activity? The answer may be yes. But I would suggest that when we plan to do some physical exercise we should be prepared mentally, and the environment also matters. These factors influence the efficiency of the exercise.
Physical exercise should put stress on the body, but not add to the mental stress. If you are walking to (or in) your office, but your mind is desperately working to solve ten different problems at the same time, there is physical exertion, but I would not call it as physical exercise. Yes, this can be a beneficial physical exercise, if you can keep your mind stress-free and concentrate on the physical exercise to gain the most from it.
It is your responsibility to set fitness as your goal and figure out the best means to work for it consistently.Regular physical activity can do much to prevent disease and illness. It can help you look and feel better, and you will even do better in your academic work. Of course, you will also be less depressed than those who are less active. In short, being fit is the best way to enjoy life.
Remember, where there is a will, there is fitness.
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