Most people often oversimplify things. Words that mean different things but sound similar are often piled into one category, even if they’re completely different. Not many choose to research these things either. Most just want a quick resolution and will jump toward whoever offers to do so.
But there’s a downside to that. We often make the wrong decision while doing so. The saying ‘Look before you leap’ exists for a reason.
Fitness vs Health vs Wellness vs Medicine; The difference.
This might probably be the most frustrating thing to me. People piling these things into one category.
Now, while it’s best to have all of the above in peak condition, in order for us to be functioning efficiently, this does not mean that we have to mix them all up and confuse one thing for another.
So, what’s the difference? Read below for simple differentiation.
Fitness has two meanings. One is from the subject of Evolutionary Biology which states that ‘Fitness is a representation of Natural Selection and Sexual Selection’.
The other is defined (by the CDC) as; ‘The ability to carry out daily tasks with vigor and alertness, without undue fatigue, and with ample energy to enjoy leisure-time pursuits and respond to emergencies.’
Health is simply the ability of our body to acquire, allocate, convert, utilize and distribute energy throughout the body. It’s basically a ‘measure’ to determine how well our over all bodily processes function.
Wellness means a blend of health and happiness. Something that makes you feel good and brings your mind happiness with an added benefit being that it’s not medically harmful to your body.
Medicine, simply put, is the science of reducing death and disease, and increasing long and healthy lives. It involves putting anything that is to be sold as “curing disease”, under a rigorous testing process.
Knowing the difference between these terms can make a huge difference in your life.
Each and every thing above has its place and is good for what it’s made for. But many tend to capitalize on the uninformed and sell something that’s it’s not made to do. Please be careful of such individuals and do your research before committing yourself and your life to them.
That’s it. Thanks for reading.