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Preserve and Maintain Your Good Health

Taking Control of your Health

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First published: 11.Oct.2018

Your Health

Health is the overall state of mental and physical wellbeing, a constantly changing balance between ourselves and the environment which can be preserved and enhanced through simple "healthy" habits.

Keeping physically active, mentally engaged, socially, and emotionally connected, and eating a balanced diet are some ways towards better health.

You can do this at any age. It is never too late to work on your health, so start now.

This page looks into what health is and what you can do to maintain it or improve it. It also links to many health-related resources on our website.

Health is both physical and mental wellbeing

What is Health?

The typical dictionary's definition of health is:

The condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit
especially: freedom from physical disease or pain Merriam Webster

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as: "State of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

So health is not only being free of disease but being in an overall state of wellbeing.

Health is dynamic it changes as the body adapts and adjusts to the internal and external environmental changes.

Types of Health

The WHO definition mentions three kinds of health: physical, mental, and social wellbeing.

Physical health

This is pretty straightforward: our body works in harmony, efficiently, free of pain, and distress.

There are many factors involved in maintaining good health; genetics is one, but a balanced diet with adequate intake of nutrients, regular exercise, and proper rest are the key elements (safe sex, healthy lifestyles - avoiding alcohol, drugs and not smoking are other factors that promote great physical health).

External aspects interplay with these factors and may alter the physical health balance: virus, germs, accidents and injuries, fungal infections can create tensions on our physical health.

This is when we may require treatment to maintain this balance.

So access to decent medical care is also important in maintaining good health.

Mental health

Our psychological well-being is paramount in our internal balance, our social interactions, and our emotional balance. Mental health is as important as physical health.

One usually associates mental health with conditions such as mental disorders, depression, anxiety, emotional distress, but mental health isn't the absence of mental disorders, to the contrary, it is the presence of positive elements such as those listed below all of which contribute to good mental health:

  • The ability to adapt to changes and deal with stress.
  • Feeling safe, centered, and secure.
  • Confidence, self-esteem.
  • Build and maintain healthy relationships.
  • Resilience: bounce back and recover from life's adversity.
  • The capacity to live, laugh, enjoy, and have fun.
  • Good balance between work and play.
  • Having a purpose in life, emotional ties, and fulfilling activities.

Mental and physical health are intimately linked, one can affect the other. A Holistic (considering the "whole" instead of the "parts" separately) approach to health must consider both aspects, the body, and the mind.

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Preserving Good Health

To live a long and active life with a feeling of wellbeing and bringing out the best of ourselves, we need to preserve our health.

Our website covers the key elements that contribute to a healthy life:

  • Actively embrace and live a healthy lifestyle.
  • Work towards enhancing your wellness (social, mental, intellectual, physical, spiritual)
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Health, a perfect balance of mind, body, and soul.

Advice for maintaining optimal health

We can't avoid disease completely, but we can be proactive, and start right now building healthy habits:

  • Eat a healthy diet with balanced nutrients and adequate energy for our body weight.
  • Maintain healthy body weight and body fat levels.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Screen for diseases, visit your physician or health care professional periodically for regular checkups.
  • Build healthy habits (don't smoke or use drugs; drink alcohol in moderation and practice safe sex).
  • Enhance wellbeing through social, communal, and interpersonal relationships.
  • Adopt and work on the positive mental health factors (love, resilience, confidence, and ability to change and adapt).

Read more; we have plenty of resources on our website. We mention some of them below.

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Health, A. Whittall

©2018 Fit-and-Well.com, 11 Oct. 2018. Updated. 03 Nov. 2020. https://www.fit-and-well.com/health/health.html

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