Physical fitness is an integral part of wellness. Physical fitness can be achieved by incorporating exercise into everyday regime. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) the dilapidated degree of physical activity among people is a chief culprit to the problem of chronic disease. The burden associated with lack of physical activity is expensive as it regards to quality of life and economic resources needed to provide medical care. Being physically active helps to reduce feelings of fatigue, increase weight loss, reduce aches and pain. The level of physical activity one engages in is a question of individual choice and their surrounding environment. According to the ODPHP, the finest physical activity is the one that is so gratifying to frequently engage in. Movement helps with wellness realization. The author, Michael Arloski suggests using the word moving instead of exercise to allow individuals see the benefits of movement. Dancing, stair climbing, parking far off, and walking are all acts of movement individuals often engage in without having the notion of working out or exercising.
In order for individuals to take the necessary steps needed to effect change, they would have to identify the benefits of physical activity to them. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion state that individuals who are physically vigorous are in good health and less likely to develop many lingering illnesses. In order to achieve good health, one has to set individual goals specifically geared towards physical activity. Taking daily brisk walks, stair climbing, and dancing are very beneficial. Furthermore, an individual in need of physical fitness will have to understand various types of physical activity and the extent of physical activity required to achieve their personal goals. For instance, if losing weight is one of an individual’s goals, it is ideal for that person to know that high intensity activity like running is efficient in burning calories. However, 1 Timothy 4:8 reminds us that “ bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things” (KJV). Therefore, although physical exercise is to some degree valuable, spiritual exercise trumps it.
Arloski, M. (2014). Wellness coaching for lasting lifestyle change (2nd ed.). Duluth, MN: Whole Person Associates.
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2016). Nutrition and health are closely related – 2015-2020 dietary guidelines. Retrieved from http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/introduction/nutrition-and-health-are-closely-related/