Is it important to be fit? Or is it better to be healthy? These words are used many times and are always seem to be interchangeable within the fitness community. However, do they mean the same thing? Is one better than the other when wanting to improve one’s health and fitness levels?
To be fit does not always mean healthy. A person may be fit to sit up in a chair, fit to climb stairs or fit to walk to mailbox. None of these things equate health. To be fit is to meet a required purpose and this can be general in nature.
In contrast being healthy means to be sound in body and mind, hale and or free from disease. These are very different and more specific when compared to being fit. If a person strives to improve health then being fit will naturally follow. This will open up many more possibilities in terms of being able to meet a required purpose. This could be improved cardiovascular flow which helps a person run a first time marathon or get back into playing a favorite sport.
Whatever the end result sought after be it weight loss, reduced cholesterol, or controlled blood sugar, striving to be healthy will help ensure that the end result becomes a reality. Be healthy first and being fit will naturally follow.