What is your definition of being fit? Having no health problems? A trim or muscular body? The stamina to run a marathon? Being able to fit in your old jeans?

“Fitness” is a broad term that means something different to each person, but it refers to your own optimal health and overall well-being.

Being fit not only means physical health, but emotional and mental health, too. It defines every aspect of your health. Smart eating and active living are fundamental to fitness.

When you are fit, you have:

  • Energy to do what’s important to you and to be more productive
  • Stamina and a positive outlook to handle the mental challenges and emotional ups and downs of everyday life, and to deal with stress
  • Reduced risk for many health problems, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis
  • The chance to look and feel your best
  • Physical strength and endurance to accomplish physical challenges
  • A better chance for a higher quality of life and perhaps a longer life, too.

You don’t need unusual or costly foods, expensive exercise equipment or health club memberships. The key is to obtain the nutrients your body needs (but not too much) and be physically active. The two go hand-in hand in helping you become physically, mentally and emotionally fit. The sooner you make healthful eating and active living your priorities, the better your health and your fitness will be.

By: MS. IRMA G. DELA CRUZ | Teacher I | Lamao National High School Lamao, Limay, Bataan

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