“Look to your health, and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience, for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy.”

-Izaak Walton

 

Fitness is good health achieved from a combination of things like exercise and good nutrition.  It should always encompass a daily routine of physical exercise like jogging, dancing, swimming, bicycling, running or workouts at home or gym.

Exercising for about 30 minutes a day can improve your overall well-being with evidence of increased mental alertness, increased physical energy, less mental and emotional stress, better sleep patterns as well as a decrease in the risk of developing common illnesses, or diseases like diabetes, and cancer.

Improvement in your fitness level should only be measured by what is expected for your age, body type and abilities.  When setting goals and objectives one should always focus on improving physical levels of strength, coordination, agility and flexibility.  A sedentary individual will not need to meet the same goals as an athlete.  The same is true for age differences.  Balance and agility will generally be more important to older individuals, which strength training and flexibility might be better suited of athletes.

In addition to exercise, a balanced diet including a variety of fruits and vegetables eaten in moderation is equally as important.   Some healthy foods and their fitness value are beets for boosting stamina, honey for increased endurance, proteins from almonds and other food sources to prevent muscle fatigue, sources of calcium and vitamin D for bone health, green tea (EGCG) to speed up metabolism, lentils for iron and hot peppers to burn off extra calories.

Cruciferous are a class of super vegetables like spinach, asparagus, broccoli, celery, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cucumbers and cauliflower have amazing nutritional value, energy boosting and disease fighting properties.  Other items on the fitness list are ginger and turmeric to improve brain functionality and prevent inflammation, oatmeal to build muscles and lemons for detoxification and weight loss.