Health Fitness vs Athletic Fitness

By on November 11, 2013

Diet and Exercise Can be used in two very different ways. You either want to look and perform like an athlete (Athletic Fitness) or simply to be more healthy (Health Fitness).

Athletic Fitness uses diet and exercise to maximize the size, shape, look and athletic capabilities of the body (i.e., 6-pack abs). It is so focused on maximizing the look, power and prowess of the human form that it often has a negative impact on knee, ankle, hip and spinal health (which is not healthy). Athletes have short careers not because of their sport but more so because of the way they eat and train (ouch, gonna get a lot of negative comments on that statement…keep reading athletes and coaches before you rebutt).

This category of fitness uses aggressive exercises and focuses on intensity to get the body “in shape”. It has been defined by trainers, coaches and athletes who are so focused on perfecting the performance capability or look of the human body often at the cost of the persons soft tissue and joint health. More often than not, these “experts” don’t know how to extol “real world” health and diet information to the the average person who simply wants to be more healthy.

Health Fitness, on the other hand, uses good eating habits (diet) and healthy (biomechanically safe) exercises to optimize the health and proper functioning of both the mind and body. It focuses on consistency and uses diet and exercise to improve both body and brains functioning. This category of fitness is founded and grounded by information from the scientific and medical communities around the globe.

Health Fitness focuses on the preventative care of the Mind and Body by using Diet and Exercise to prevent, delay and control medical issues and health problems before they take over your life.


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The Fitness Answer Man is the online personality founded by Kevin Forrest CPT, FMS Pro Trainer and Master Fitness Trainer for the US Military. He has worked in the fitness industry for 30 years and was one of the first trainers to incorporate the physio ball into people's workouts and helped pioneer in the field of "Core" training. He specializes in movement rehabilitation and uses his experience to help clarify the confusion about diet and exercise that still exists within the fitness industry today.

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