Although fitness and health have similar properties, they are, in reality, two very different concepts. While health refers to the absence of diseases, fitness refers to the degree of body functioning and the ability of the body to handle physical demands.

The more efficient the body functions, the higher the level of fitness. The higher the level of fitness, the greater is the chance of the body being free of diseases and maintaining a healthy state. Fitness is a major part of a preventative medicine approach to health. Before starting any fitness program I highly recommend you first consult with your doctor.

Benefits of a Fitness Program

Whether you want to lose weight or not, fitness is important for everyone, correct and regular exercise results in a large number of benefits, not only to the body but also to the mind. Now we don’t have to be world-class athletes, but we should all have an exercise program with fitness goals to boost our overall general health. The key benefits that you will derive are:

•It helps maintain a healthy heart and circulatory system

•It keeps your metabolism active and not sluggish - exercise actually gives you energy!

•As well as giving you energy during the day, it helps you sleep better at night

•It tones your muscles, giving you a more healthy appearance

•Toned muscles help our balance which inevitably deteriorates as we get older

•It helps maintain bone strength, which is particularly important for women

•It releases endorphins, which make us feel good

•It enhances our self-confidence

Tracy L. Speights
Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)

Author's Bio: 

A former model in NYC, Tracy initially became involved in fitness to stay in shape as he pursued a modeling career while a freelance photographer. Years later he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was his Squadron's Fitness manager and also the Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the Weight Management Program.

A Certified Personal Trainer by profession, Tracy strives to provide the information, training and inspiration to make fitness, health, and wellness easy and achievable. His hope is to; encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle, guide you to make healthy decisions to improve your quality of life, inspire you toward charitable involvement, all to attain harmony with the ~body~mind~soul.