Health is a condition of optimum physical, mental and emotional well-being where infirmity and illness are absent. The definition has been used over the years for diverse purposes. In simple terms’ health is desirable because it allows us to live life to the fullest and to participate meaningfully in the community. It is important to build and maintain good health.
A long term approach towards health includes diet, lifestyle, physical activity and medical treatment. Diet refers to what we eat and how much of it we consume. A lifestyle refers to the mode of carrying out the actions that are associated with the maintenance of health including exercise, relaxation, sleeping, socializing and other types of regular activity. A medical treatment is intended to cure the diseases and helps to manage health conditions. These three components work together to achieve the ultimate objective of optimal health status.
Healthy people lead a happy life, are physically strong, and can contribute their wholehearted effort to the development and improvement of others. The concept of personal health emphasizes on being able to manage one’s own body and mind through a balanced combination of diet and physical activity. Having a healthy lifestyle does not imply watching the calories or the fat intake. But it also entails paying attention to the quality of the nutrients provided as well as to the quantity of work done. In effect, a person who is able to balance his emotional, physical and mental wellness contributes meaningfully to the fulfillment of his life.