Many people take good health for granted. That’s a fact. If they don’t feel bad, people generally assume they’re ok. But good health is more than just feeling “ok.” According the World Health Organization, health is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.” It’s not just being free of disease or infirmity.
Whatever you may be doing, whether it’s in the office, the home, school or whatnot, being in good health defines how well you are able to do your duties.
So what exactly determines if you are in good health then?
- Physical Health
When one is healthy physically, the body works as it should. That means there’s no pain, discomfort or limitation in capabilities.
The following are vital components of physical health:
- cardiorespiratory capacity (includes respiration and circulation)
- muscular capacity (includes muscular endurance, strength and power)
- body composition (proportion of fat-free mass to fat mass)
Of course, there are other components to physical health that are equally important. That includes balance, coordination, agility, reaction time and power.
- Emotional Health
An emotionally healthy person has both his mind and emotions functioning without anxiety or depression or any other malfunction.
- Mental Health
This allows a person to learn and keep growing intellectually.
- Social Health
A socially healthy individual interacts well with other people and his environment. He can also maintain satisfying personal relationships.
- Spiritual Health
This means a belief in a unifying force. Faith is the concept at its core, regardless of how it actually varies from person to person.
What causes ill health? Among others, there’s,
- poor cleanliness habits
- mental abuse
- chemical changes
Now that we know what determines good health, it’s time to list down what you actually get out of staying fit and healthy.
- When you’re healthy, you can do your work (and even extra-curricular activities) better.
- Physically healthy people are more productive.
- Healthier people are happier.
- Being healthy means being able to enjoy more fully and longer.
If good health really is important to you, you should start by ensuring you eat the right food and are getting enough exercise. Exercise is known to increase energy and vitality and will allow you to maintain your muscle tone for longer. You also need to stay away (or stop) smoking, limit your alcohol intake and not do drugs.
When it comes to your mental health, it’s important to have the right mental attitude. Positive reinforcement helps in this regard. So does staying upbeat and acknowledging achievements. Learn to handle stress better. Take criticisms in stride and if you can, avoid negative situations as much as possible.
Good health matters if you want to maintain good quality life and personal growth. And if you want a long, full, healthy life, the quest for wellness and health must always be at the top of your priorities.