You look around the web and you’ll find zillions of articles and sites dedicated to the health and fitness life style. But someone recently asked me which comes first. Health or Fitness? At first I thought the question seemed silly. I mean, of course they go hand in hand — they have a symbiotic relationship and one depends upon the other. But then I thought a little about it. Of course my assumptions are spot on — for the individual already on the health and fitness highway. But what about the person who is not in excellent health? I started thinking about people who’ve been chronic smokers, obese people, sedentary people, people recovering from long illnesses etc.
Should someone who’s been recovering from a massive illness try and hit the weight room like anyone else? Should a morbidly obese person just start running? The more I thought about it, the more I realized that so many of our fitness and health strategies are aimed at those that are already there or already close. So for those that aren’t young and full of vigor, or drastically out of shape — well you have to focus first on the basics of health. Those include excellent nutrition, very mild exercise — check with your doctor first, consistent hydration drinking enough water and other fluids, a striving at least to have a good attitude, a clean and healthy living environment, people around you that inspire your life, books and movies that inspire you, and of course a spiritual foundation — whatever your faith.
After that you can gradually introduce a fitness regimen — running, jumping jacks, swimming, basketball, yoga, or whatever your flavor for fitness. After that, it will all become interdependent — as it should be. Just know this very important fact — you have the ability and the power to surpass so very very much of the obstacles in your life. Take care of your body, for it houses the spectacular being that is you! So what are you waiting for? Health and Fitness are waiting for your embrace. So embrace them! Remember the fitness is part of your long term health strategy.