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How Illness & Stress Affect Health & Fitness: Tips for a Healthy, Fit Lifestyle

By October 6, 2021October 7th, 2021No Comments

Health is like MONEY, we never have a true idea of its value until we LOSE it.

Josh Billings

It’s important to take care of your health and fitness, but sometimes it can be difficult. With so much going on in life, it can be hard to prioritize self-care. Illness or stress may also prevent you from doing the things that are best for your body. In this blog post, we will discuss how illness affects health and how stress impedes fitness as well as tips for a healthy lifestyle!

First, let’s talk about how illness affects health. Being sick is no fun for anyone! In fact, the causes of many diseases or illnesses are still unknown today. It can be hard to treat certain conditions as well. When you’re ill it may affect your fitness routine and prevent you from exercising regularly which negatively impacts your overall quality of life. Furthermore, being sick can cause stress which has its own negative consequences. All in all, it’s important to prioritize your health and still take care of yourself even when you’re not feeling well!

How Illness Affects Health and How Stress Impedes Fitness: Tips for a Healthy, Fit LifestyleLet’s also not forget about how stress can impede ones fitness. Stress is an essential part of life but too much stress isn’t healthy for anyone including athletes or people who are already fit! When stressed out our body releases cortisol into the blood stream causing us to overeat as a way to cope with that extra stress on our body. Secondly, chronic stress makes it more difficult to get good quality sleep which prevents recovery from exercise sessions and impacts overall athletic performance negatively making achieving goals very challenging while also increasing risk of injury due to fatigue.

Having a chronic condition such as heart disease or diabetes will impact your life and overall well-being very quickly without you even realizing it. If not managed properly, the symptoms of these illnesses worsen overtime and may lead to depression making it incredibly difficult for someone who is already ill to take care of their self which then makes them more reliant on others in order to get critical tasks done that are required for everyday living!



Eating healthily and properly is an essential component of maintaining your health. When it comes to nutrition, eating has a bigger impact on us than we realize which can also have negative impacts if not done correctly or cultivated in the right way. If one does not eat nutritious food and instead opts for junk food regularly, they are putting themselves at risk of developing lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, heart disease etc nearly every day!

Exercise plays a critical role in our overall well-being but how do you stay motivated? How do you find time? These questions plague many people who want to get into shape whether that means losing weight or staying fit while trying to maintain their busy schedules with work and family commitments.

Chronic conditions also tend to put people at risk for other secondary conditions due to reduced physical activity along with side effects from medications further adding frustration into an already complicated equation. In addition, lifestyle changes can be extremely challenging because they involve working around our daily routines but this is a necessity for someone who is ill.

These factors all matter when trying to achieve an overall healthy lifestyle. Not just from a physical standpoint either since mental health is equally if not more important than what we focus on externally with how others view us physically rather than internally where think about ourselves mentally and emotionally first and foremost. And when we’re suffering from stress, it can also impede our fitness level and ability to achieve a healthy lifestyle in every way possible not just in how others view us physically but mentally and emotionally too.

Aesthetics: A recent study published by the International Journal of Obesity found that aesthetics is one factor among many that contributes towards health perception (the other factors being current state of health/illness, family history of disease, etc.). In short if you look good people are more likely to perceive your overall wellbeing as far superior than someone who looks unhealthy even though they may be healthier on paper or vice versa where if you have low aesthetics due for example to poor self-maintenance habits such as neglecting personal health and hygiene , you will be perceived as unwell even if objectively speaking your overall health is good.

Maintaining aesthetics can be a challenge when you’re sick and the physical space around us often reflects our mental state which means that if your house isn’t clean or organized it’s probably because of how stressed out you are. Aesthetics are additionaly important because health should be a priority in order to have true happiness throughout our lives which will then spill over into other areas such as relationships, work or even hobbies that we enjoy doing outside of daily responsibilities.

Self-maintenance: This factor should not be underestimated when it comes to aesthetics and self maintenance habits are especially important for people who want to look their best (e.g., athletes, models). From the simplest things like proper skin care all the way up to more advanced techniques such as body fat measurement or muscle definition; taking steps towards making yourself healthier looking can make a significant impact on how others perceive your general wellbeing.

Self maintenance is important as well but this also includes caring for those around us since we rely heavily on social interaction. It’s easy to get wrapped up in our own stress and problems that sometimes we forget about others, but it is just as important for us to take care of them because they are the ones who will support you when times are tough.

Stress Impedes Fitness: Stress has long been known to interfere with mental performance but what many don’t realize is that stress also impedes physical fitness by causing cortisol production which creates what’s called ‘stress eating’. When stress is prolonged, cortisol levels keep rising and the body keeps storing fat. This added weight can lead to increased stress in addition to a vicious cycle of stress eating which makes you gain more weight, increasing your stress even further…

Stress eating can be prevented by prioritizing sleep, self love/care (showering, moisturizing etc) and exercise. All of which contribute towards one feeling better mentally and physically! It’s also a good idea not to eat right before bedtime since this could lead to more stress on your body from an empty stomach during rest hours.

Quality of Life: Quality of life is about feeling good physically and mentally while enjoying all that life has to offer. It’s important for everyone but particularly those who are ill or have disabilities as it may be difficult for them to always feel well enough to do everything they want in their lives. Ensuring quality of life by staying healthy prevents illness from taking over completely – when our bodies are working at optimum level we’re better able to enjoy ourselves no matter what else might be affecting us.



Lifehacks can help with time management, feeling productive and most importantly they can improve mood by creating personalized shortcuts to everyday tasks! For example writing down a list of five things that you’re grateful for every day before going to bed can help you feel happier about your current situation and allow you to focus on what matters most in life rather than dwelling about all the negative aspects affecting your wellbeing. They can include a variety of ways to make life easier and more comfortable for the individual but also those around them as well. For example, yoga is not only great for stress relief but it’s good exercise too!