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We have always heard the words ‘health’ and ‘fitness’. We use it ourselves when we say phrases like ‘health is wealth’ and ‘fitness is the key’. What does the word health really mean? It implies the idea of ‘being well’. We call a person healthy and fit when he/she functions well physically as well as mentally.

Factors affecting our health and fitness

Good health and fitness is not something that one can achieve entirely on our own. It depends on their physical environment and the quality of their food intake. We live in villages, towns, and cities.

In such places, even our physical environment affects our health. Therefore, our social responsibility for a pollution-free environment directly affects our health. Our day-to-day habits also determine our fitness level. The quality of food, air, and water all helps in building our fitness level.

Role of a nutritious diet in our health and Fitness

The first thing about where fitness starts is food. We should eat nutritious food. Food rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates is very essential. Protein is necessary for body growth. Carbohydrates provide the required energy in performing various tasks. Vitamins and minerals help in building bones and boosting our immune system.

However, taking food in uneven quantities is not good for the body. Taking essential nutrients in adequate amounts is called a balanced diet. Taking a balanced diet keeps the body and mind strong and healthy. Good food helps in better sleep, proper brain functioning, and healthy body weight.

Include vegetables, fruits, and pulses in your daily diet. One must have a three-course meal. Having roughage helps in cleaning inner body organs. Healthy food habits prevent various diseases. Reducing the amount of fat in the diet prevents cholesterol and heart diseases.

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