Health v.s. Fitness

Today, I don’t feel very healthy.

Beginning on Sunday, the seasonal allergies that had plagued me for the past 4 years returned with a vengeance.

My symptoms?

Headache, exhaustion, sneezing, coughing, red eyes, teary eyes, painful burning eyes, general “itchiness” and a ton of mucus.

In general, I feel like crap.

And that got me thinking about the difference between health & fitness.

I am still fit enough to:

  • Lift a ton of weight and….
  • I could sprint hills with guys half my age and half my size and…
  • I out cardio Jane Fonda on a good day

But, I feel like crap and I don’t want to do anything except crawl back into bed.

All because of allergies.

Luckily for me, I have a very odd, but very effective allergy treatment booked for Thursday.

Until then, I have to suffer.

And that got me thinking.

What if I was really sick?

Would I give a damn about running an extra mile or lifting a little heavier than the last workout?

Probably not.

As they say, “if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.”


  1. Have you tried using a Netty Pot during this time of year for you? I usually recommend it to my sinus suffering patients at the pharmacy.

  2. Tony Robbins wrote a nice chapter on this Health vs Fitness topic. You’re right, you can be fit all you want, lift weights, and jog for 1 hour, but if you ain’t healthy it doesn’t matter. Sometimes we over-exert ourselves in the fitness department too, and that can cause health problems down the road. Sometimes taking a simple walk is more beneficial than overworking our heart by jogging.

  3. It happens. Even the fittest athlete in the world can get sick once or twice. Sorry to hear about your allergies, hope your treatment works out well!

  4. Its funny you mention this as I had been feeling the same way last week and spent the weekend at home. And even though I agree I could of pushed weight, it was best to stay in and breath.

    I’ve been taking cod liver oil daily to balance my immune system, I’ve found this to be a good solution to allergies.

  5. When animals are ill, they instinctively know to rest and not forage. Same with humans which is why doctors advise resting when you are sick. Glad you rested!

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