A state of complete physical, mental and social well being
Posted by Belle
In 1948 The World Health Organisation defined health as: "A state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
Words that were as valid then as they are, in different ways, in the second decade of the 21st century. While the quest for fitness is the same the approach to change is somewhat different. Psychology is as important as physicality in establishing your fitness goals.
In the post war Britain workplace you were probably more likely to have suffered from a bad back than stress. Partly because stress - and mental illness - was brushed under the carpet way back then.
And today many of us who have suffered from stress have also suffered from the put downs and sniggers from colleagues when you mention being victim to it.
But stress is now recognised as a common cause of mental illness and a major cause of sick days lost at work. A fitness programme can be a major weapon in battling stress and on the potential illness brought on by it.