What is Fitness?


DEFINITION – What does Fitness mean?

Fitness is, generally speaking, the state of having the physical and/or mental capacity to perform a task or grasp a concept with minimal effort. Except in those cases where the speaker is referring to mental aptitude, the term is most often used to refer to ‘physical fitness’, an all-encompassing term that captures everything someone does in the pursuit of a healthy body.

It’s not about running fast or being able to live a certain amount of weight. Someone who is fit has little to no difficulty keeping up with the rest of the pack.

Everyone wants to have a great level of fitness. And from a general standpoint, it’s relatively simple. You need to eat well, get lots of exercise, and also get lots of rest. Provided you aren’t working or living in a dangerous environment, doing those three things every day will make you a fit person.


To define or measure one’s fitness and endurance levels, there are many variables which must be checked. At minimum, tests will have to be performed to establish each of the following variables:

  • Cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Flexibility
  • Muscular strength
  • Endurance
  • Body composition
  • Flexibility

It’s very important to maintain good physical and mental fitness. Doing so will help prevent disabling diseases, you will be more active and more capable of accomplishing strenuous activities, and you will feel a lot more energetic. Moreover, fitness affects your stress levels – people who are fit are less likely to become depressed and less likely to suffer illnesses brought on by anxiety.

People who are fit also have stronger organs; their hearts pump more blood per beat, pushing more oxygen into their bodies, their lungs inflate more easily, and their livers remove toxins faster. Plus, overall muscle strength is increased and they are far more flexible. With increased strength and flexibility comes enhanced endurance and stamina.

While most people comprehend the value of good health, not everyone understands the commitment and dedication necessary to achieve physical fitness. For most, it’s a complete lifestyle change, watching everything you consume; checking labels at the grocery store and being cautious when out at restaurants. It means being determined, pushing yourself to get out to the gym or the park every day without fail. But it’s a worthy challenge; a healthy body is a happy body.

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