Introduction: Man has been blessed with a beautiful body and mind. So it is necessary to keep the body and mind fit. Education teaches us how to keep our bodies and minds fit. The purpose of education is to develop the body, mind, and spirit.
Meaning of fitness: Fitness is to keep the body and mind fit. It is not about managing weight and following the diet. Games help to keep the body fit and healthy. This helps the man to be free from all types of physical ailments. Games are also an excellent recreation and pastime activity. Fitness is all about the understanding of one’s own body and mind. It teaches us to be alert at all times in an enjoyable manner.
Values of games: While playing a game like a game of tennis, badminton, etc., one forgets everything else, concentrates, and gets absorbed in the game. Thus games are excellent diversions for the mind. One becomes proficient in the game by regular practice for a long time. So every game contributes to the development of mind and body. The habit of fair play makes a man learn honesty, and justice, which are great moral qualities. Games also teach to accept a defeat with a smiling face. It does not depress a player. Playing games teach many lessons like team spirit, co-operation, unity, leadership, and obeying the orders of the captain or the leader.
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F.Kennedy
Importance of fitness: Good health is a god’s gift. There is a famous saying “Health is wealth”. Without good health, one cannot enjoy life. Good health means the fitness of the body. Good health keeps us happy, active, charming, and alert. Apart from this, a sound body has a sound mind. If a man has a lot of wealth but unhealthy, he cannot enjoy his life. He cannot eat his favorite foods, and he cannot do his favorite activities like climbing, running, swimming at his own time. He depends on medicines to lead his life. But a poor man is far better than this rich man. He gets sound sleep, adjusts with food to satisfy his hunger, able to do any activity at any time. He does not get any sort of body pain. Thus fitness determines his life and happiness.
“You can always improve your fitness if you keep training” – Pastor Maldonado
How to be fit: Physical exercise plays an important role. It is good to do exercises, play games and to lead a simple life. Through physical education, we must keep our bodies fit and strong. Moreover, the body should obey us, we must not obey our body. Sports help in the physical, mental, social, emotional, and moral development of the individual. In earlier days, sports were used to be recreation activity only but now the importance of games and sports has been realized. It helps us to have a fit body and mind.
Tips to stay fit: The ultimate aim of being fit is to be a healthier person in body and mind. A morning walk is needed to be fit. Fresh air from the morning walk, a nutritious diet with vegetables, regular exercises, sound sleep, and proper rest is necessary for good health. We should go to bed early and rise early in the morning. We should remember the saying, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” We should act upon it. “Eat healthily, be healthy”. We should understand the importance of healthy meals and taking control of eating habits. Playing a sport is a great way to keep your body moving. Discover sports you can play on your own or as a team. Learn the value of good sportsmanship.
Advantages of staying fit: When players perform the games, they think about what they are doing, analyze the situation, and make decisions. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities. They learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Physical education help students develop personally and socially. We should practice these games life long and get the long term health benefits of physical activity. Body pain and health-related issues do not come near fit people. They can overcome all types of health problems with mind and body fit.
“We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing” – Benjamin Franklin
Conclusion: Fitness has different meanings for different people. For young people, it is to have a muscular body. Next, for office going people, it is working for long hours without tiredness. For shop keepers, it is sitting for a long time without suffering from a weight problem. Even for older people, it is climbing up the stairs without leg pain. It depends on the age, work we do, and many more criteria. All are under the roof of the physical wellbeing of a person. Practically, we face many problems in being fit like lack of time for doing exercises, non-availability of facilities, commitment to work, and many more. But overcoming these obstacles and maintain fitness is the topmost priority. It is possible by doing regular exercises.