Ever heard someone say to you “I’m not very healthy - but Iam really fit”?
Thought not. Instead, most people generally say things like “I’m fit and healthy.”
This is because many others confuse the two terms and assume that, just because we’re healthy, we’re also fit.
It’s notreally the case.
In this myth-busting article, Beast Gear is going to show you exactly why being fit isn’t the same as being healthy, and what you can do to optimise both your fitness and your health.
What Does Being Fit and Healthy Mean?
When we’re healthy, our physical and mental health is good. We feel good. We’re free from disease and we can get up in the morning and do stuff.
When we’re fit, we’re physicallyfit.
Ha, I know what you’re thinking:
“Okay … I still don’t see the difference.”
Let’s look at it a different way. Let’s imagine there’s a man or a woman who looks physically fit. They look as though they can do amazing things with their body. But here’s the rub - they’re not actually very healthy right now. They’ve been eating the wrong foods and drinking the wrong drinks.
Maybe they’ve been taking bad supplements, too.
See, you could have a bodybuilder who looks amazing with their sculpted abs and ironing board stomach. But if they’ve been taking dodgy supplements, they’re not all that fit and they’re probably going to pay the price over the long-term.
Another way to look at it is like this: A bad training program coupled with an unusual diet (which includes steroids) might bring an athlete short-term rewards, and they might be the pinnacle of physical fitness in this moment. But their health is taking a beating because their hormones are starting to run riot.
Here’s another example. Let’s imagine there’s an individual who’s going to extreme measures to lose weight by cutting an insane amount of calories. Theymight be getting a bit healthier in doing so, but are they staying fit? Possibly not.
How To Get Fit and Healthy The Right Way
What we’ve shown so far is that people who are super fit but not super healthy are those who take things to the extreme. They put themselves on extreme training programs, take bad supplements and cause long-term harm to their body.
If you’ve seen the Amazon Prime TV show The Boys you’ll know what I’m talking about. In that show, a superhero called A-Train is the fastest man alive. The reason he’s the fastest man alive is that he takes a dodgy drug called Compound V. It helps him zoom around the track, but it’s doing untold harm to his body. He is fit but unhealthy.
If you want to stay fit and healthy, the advice is basic but effective: Don’t take things to the extreme. Workout like a beast but don’t neglect your health. Maintain regular exercise, for sure, but make sure to stick to a balanced diet, too. You need to get your fix of fruit, veg and protein, and you need to get as much of it as possible from fresh, organic foodstuff.