What Matters/Health, Fitness, and Wellness

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Health, Fitness, and Wellness[edit]

Physical fitness can be achieved through physical exercise.

The World Health Organization defined health in 1946 as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."[1][2] Physical fitness is considered a measure of the body’s ability to function efficiently and effectively in work and leisure activities, to be healthy, to resist hypokinetic diseases—those that occur from a sedentary lifestyle—and to meet emergency situations.

Assignment:[edit]

  • Follow the advice of Michael Pollan: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
  • Ensure your living space promotes your good health. Remove clutter, toxins, chaos, and noise. Include pleasing things to look at, such as plants, art, and flowers. Manage the light. Include sunlight during the day if possible. Ensure complete darkness for sleeping. Create your sanctuary.
  • Have your physician complete a through physical examination of you.
    • Also have regular dental examinations.
  • Attend to any health concerns identified during this physical exam.
  • Walk 10,000 steps each day, or engage in some other systematic physical fitness program.
    • If you want to lose weight, then move more than you eat to create a negative energy balance. Manage satiety.

Optional Assignment:

Consider using an activity tracker to help achieve your health and fitness goals.

  • Survey the activity trackers that are currently available.
  • Choose one that will fit your lifestyle, health, and fitness goals.
  • Obtain a suitable activity tracker, wear it, use it, benefit from it.
  • If it stops being useful, reflect on why. Was it an unsuitable device, was it difficult to use, was it telling you inconvenient truths, have you abandoned your health and fitness goals? Resume with a revised program based on what you learn from this reflection.

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References[edit]

  1. World Health Organization. 1946. [www.who.int/bulletin/archives/80(12)981.pdf WHO definition of Health], Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19–22 June 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no. 2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948.
  2. World Health Organization. 2006. Constitution of the World Health Organization - Basic Documents, Forty-fifth edition, Supplement, October 2006.