What it Means to Be Healthy

by frank-stuart

We talk about it, many people spend a fortune trying to have it, and it’s generally considered a desirable thing to have. But what is good health? According to the World Health Organisation, health isn’t just the absence of disease or infirmity; it’s a state of physical, emotional, and social well-being. There might be more technical definitions, but in an everyday context the word ‘health’ usually refers to a state of well-being and vitality.

Sedentary Lifestyles

The busy modern lifestyle can impact on health levels, with its reliance on convenience foods, technology and equipment, and sedentary work arrangements. The Department of Health and Ageing suggests that regular physical activity could reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.

Regular exercise could also reduce the risk of Type II Diabetes and certain types of cancers, while helping you maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints. Good psychological well-being could be another positive effect of regular physical exercise.

The Department of Health and Ageing has four key guidelines for adults. In essence the National Physical Activity Guidelines are:

  • Don’t look at movement and activity as an unpleasant chore but rather as an opportunity. Exercise and movement are opportunities for better health rather than inconveniences.
  • Take in some activity every day in a variety of ways. Increase activity every day by opting for walking or physical activity over mere convenience.
  • Aim to do at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on as many days as you can. Moderate-intensity activities include brisk walking, swimming, or cycling.
  • If you’re able to, include some more vigorous activity to improve fitness and overall health. These are the types of physical activity that exercises your heart. Examples include netball, football, jogging, aerobics, or fast cycling.


Governmental bodies such as the National Health and Medical Research Council have recognised nutrition as a major factor in health. The Department of Health and Ageing has suggested that a balance diet with a variety of foods every day can be the basis for good social, emotional, and physical health.

Our fast-paced lifestyles and the prevalence of convenience foods might make a balanced diet appear to be difficult; yet, with a little dedication, good health through good nutrition is possible even with a busy lifestyle.

The Time-Short Working Week

Our busy lifestyles can compound the effects associated with sedentary habits and diet. Many people feel stressed, or feel that they have little time for preparing healthy foods or for regular exercise. Better work-life balance, taking time to prepare healthy meals, making informed choices when eating out, and devoting sufficient time to undertake regular exercise might be ways to overcome the effects of our busy lifestyles.

According to the Victorian Government’s Better Health website, excessive stress could lead to serious disorders. Managing stress through exercise, eating well, relaxation, a good sleep routine, and avoidance of conflict could help with alleviating stress levels.

Health is essential to a rewarding and productive life, and there are numerous professional opportunities for those who are passionate about health in the health industry. If you’re looking for a formal qualification in the area of health and fitness, ACPE offers a range of health courses ranging from sport management and sport business, to dance, applied fitness, and coaching.

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