Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. ~ World Health Organization
Fitness is a lifestyle. It is a deliberate action which is directed by a purposeful intention. If we desire for our children to live and lead healthier and happier lives, then we must conscientiously set out to model a positive example.
“Western society is in a state of health never seen in history. We are fatter, less productive, and at a higher risk of developing disease, early osteoporosis, and clinical depression than ever before.” (Brazier, 2009, p. 3) What has caused the decay of our society’s health and wellbeing? Is it that we are less driven or motivated? Is it that our time is occupied with technological or occupational endeavors preventing us from being fit? Whatever our excuse, whatever the reason, we must learn to embrace the need for a healthier lifestyle.
The lack of physical activity can compound our internal and external stressors. “Chronic negative stress also is linked to insomnia, anxiety, and depression.” (Starr & McMillan, 2010, p. 297)
The benefits of fitness are countless. Living a fit life will lead to having a healthier life.
*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA