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As an industry, we have frequently referenced and bemoaned the epidemics of obesity and physical inactivity. Justifiably so, as these preventable issues have greatly exacerbated the mortality rates of COVID-19, in addition to breeding a future overwhelmed with underlying health conditions.
Add to these two recognizable concerns, what I have been referring to as “unfulfilled well-being”. Equally as detrimental to a life well lived and eroding exponentially according to trending statistics on mental health, happiness, and general wellness. Consider the following: Gallup has found that only 4% of U.S. adults are thriving in physical well-being alone. This doesn’t bode well for overall well-being aspirations.
As Dr. Kenneth Cooper, “The Father of Aerobics” would say, good health merely implies the absence of disease.
Wellness in comparison describes a healthy lifestyle beyond acute illness.
It refers to a state of physical health in which people have the ability and energy to do what they want to do in life, without chronic suffering. It's primarily associated with and supported through habits of eating, physical activity, and quality sleep that lead to positive health outcomes.
Fitness, on the other hand, is typically defined as being physically strong and in good functional condition.
Capable of easily meeting the physical demands of daily life and participating in moderate to intense activities without undue fatigue. Achieved primarily by making regular demands on the body to perform physical tasks through exercise, appropriate rest, and balanced nutrition.