Question of the Week- Difference Between Fitness and Performance

Posted: August 15, 2012 in Articles, Question of the Week


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Doc’s question was what is the difference between fitness and performance?  This is a very good question as these terms are similar in nature and get used interchangeably from time to time.  However, these two terms describe different goal sets for an individual.  Basically, fitness is a term that can be defined as a physical condition which is good or appropriate.  Fitness would generally be used if an individual has the goal of improving one’s health.  Performance generally refers to getting the most out of one’s body for athletic purposes.  Now, keep in mind, in order to be fit, you must be able to perform and to perform at a high level you must be fit.  Also, remember, we are all athletes to some extent and in theory we all fall somewhere on the fitness and performance continuums.  Even an individual who has a difficult time exercising for one minute has some level of fitness where as a world class athlete generally has a high level of fitness.  Furthermore, we are all performers.  For some, performance may be the 100 meter dash in the Olympics and for others it may be getting out of bed.  However, in reality fitness and performance are viewed very generically, which tends to view fitness as what is appropriate for a healthy lifestyle and performance as an elite ability for one to move the body.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well said!

  2. Doc says:

    Could not have said it better my self…..Everyone has to call upon their body to Perform to one degree or another. Movement is movement the application of movement is what differs.

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