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The difference between Fitness and Wellness

Wellness is far broader than fitness. Wellness encapsulates your entire life, whereas Fitness tends to focus on your physical health. It tends to focus on nutrition, strength, conditioning, flexibility, and body composition.

Wellness includes many more modalities of health. It looks at the ways in which they influence each other, and considers the way in which choices create entire lifestyles. The modalities of wellness include the physical,  mental, emotional, psychological, sexual, financial, social, and spiritual facets of our lives. All of these together influence each other, and affect your entire sense of well-being. Imbalances in one modality will create imbalances in all the others. Wellness is finding a balance between all of these and enhancing your sense of happiness.

So to sum it up…

  1. Wellness includes fitness but it’s broader.
  2. Fitness tends to focus only on your physical health.
  3. Wellness considers all of your choices and how they create your entire lifestyle.
  4. Wellness includes many modalities, and looks at the way they interact to create balance or imbalance.
  5. If you think of wellness as a web, then plucking it one part creates reverberations across the rest.

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Jack Kirven is a mobile personal trainer in Charlotte, NC. He is the owner of INTEGRE8T Wellness.

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