You might have already seen that we love to speak about health because it’s the central matter which we care very much in Pret-a-Train. Indeed, it’s a huge subject, essential for all of us as human beings. Which represents the heart of our website and ourselves.

Maybe you want to know more about the topic of health, nutrition, sport, and well-being? So here in this blog, you’re in the right place.

Therefore, you’ll understand that this article is a very important one for us. And hopefully, it will be also for you.

In this post, we are going to cover what health means in all points. And as you might think that being healthy is all about being in a great physical condition. You’ll see that actually being healthy covers many things in ourselves and not just being attractive and feeling well.

You’ll also find ways to be healthy and 5 facts that you might not know about health at the end of this article.

So have a cup of green tea or any healthy drinks that you want. Relax your mind and sit well. Let yourself being an expert on one of the most important topics of all. Learn new things. And read this complete article of what does being healthy really means.


What does “healthy” mean?

First of all, do you really know what’s the thing of “being healthy”? We ask you this question by the reason that most people associate “being healthy” to “being fit” in the physical sense of the word. Well.., that’s not exactly right.

So let’s open our old dictionary before going further.

The dictionary of google defines healthy as “having a physical and mental condition; in good health”. Yes.., that’s actually the point that some people forget: the mental part of the human being. Other dictionaries will say well and strong or just someone enjoying good health.

So, by definition, to be healthy is therefore the fact of being in good physical and mental condition. And finally, not having any disease whatsoever. Being in a good healthy state with body and mind.

So, let’s cover this important question in detail with the difference between the physical aspect and the mental aspect of your health.

Read –> What’s the difference between being fit and being healthy? What you can do to be both By our CEO Romain Gherardi.


The physical aspect

You probably already know what it’s all about. Indeed, this is a very simple and logical fact. Being in good physical health means that all your body is in good shape and it’s functioning normally. Therefore, you may don’t have any diseases or problems.

Someone being fit in an optimal condition peak performance reunited, strength, flexibility, cardio, … for that you need to exercise or just be active, be flexible, and have the proper rest that your body needs to function at his best.

The body also needs some sports exercise and balanced nutrition to work correctly.


Having balanced nutrition

Having balanced nutrition is something that is very important if you want to be healthier. In fact, consuming a variety of products provides the body with the nutrients it needs to create new cells and function every day. It is one of the most important points to do if you want to reach perfect physical health.


Doing sport exercises

Another important point is to do some sport exercises. Indeed, doing some regular exercise allow, for its part, someone to feel comfortable in his skin. It also allows reducing diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, or osteoporosis. Therefore, doing some exercises and having balanced nutrition are the most important things if you want to be healthy thanks to their help in preventing harmful diseases.

We can divide the benefit of sport in physical health into 4 parts:



Flexibility refers to the physical quality that allows body movements to be carried out with the greatest possible amplitude (joint and muscle) and ease. Whether in an active (in dynamic movement) or passive (without dynamic movement) way.

You can be more flexible by doing some stretched exercises. We’ve already written an article based on several exercises that could improve your flexibility.

Read –> 7 morning stretches exercises to make your life easier


Physical muscle strength

Physical muscle strength is the ability of a muscle to exert force against resistance. In order to appreciate it, it is necessary to consider maximum strength, lactic resistance, and muscular endurance. Doing some exercises can obviously increase your maximum strength.

Which will make you healthy, well, and strong then.



The third part of physical health is about cardio. It refers to a set of physical activities that allow the practitioner to improve his or her physical condition and lifestyle. Cardio training includes endurance activities performed indoors using simulator-ergometers, such as the cycle ergometer (exercise bike), treadmill, elliptical, stepper, flex strider, rower, etc.

A great and well-known way to do some cardio will be running. A brisk walk can be very healthy as well and improve your cardio endurance.

Read –> 6 reasons to start running

–> Best sports to improve cardio


Rest and relaxation

A bit less obvious, rest and relaxation are also important than others. Indeed, it repairs the body tissue and helps muscles to recover. Having enough rest helps also the body to avoid injuries and soreness.

7 to 8 hours of sleep for an adult is recommended for your health.

Moreover, it’s essential to avoid different obvious things such as cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs. When you are in good physical health, you are less likely to have an injury or health-related problems.

Now that we’ve been covering the physical part of what is being healthy. Let’s see the mental one.


The mental aspect

Often forgotten by people, the mental aspect is as important as the physical aspect. However, define it might be difficult because it’s something more subjective than his physical ally. Indeed, it refers to the social, emotional, and psychological part of someone.

You will have understood, mental health is not only about mental or psychiatric disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, or paranoid. Indeed, it also includes the concept of mental well-being, which can be defined by a sense of safety and security, the pleasure of living, self-confidence, and the realization of one’s potential.

Being in good mental health helps you to avoid risks of anxiety or depression which could have an impact in your physical mental and well being. By taking care of that one you will reach the full potential of what being healthy really mean.

Your mental health can depend on your capacity for different things that we’ll list below:


Feeling safe

This may seem obvious to some, less so to others. Indeed, some people act differently in the face of danger. For instance, it could be very stressful to go outside on the night or even in special cases just being surrounded by people such as public transport or visiting a shopping center (it is called agoraphobia) for some people.

However, feeling safe plays an essential role if you want to have good mental health. This is mostly correlated with self-confidence.


Know how to get up after difficulties

Well, a very important part of the mental aspect of health. Some people can’t move on after difficulties. Worth, they can even have depression.

If it’s the case, we recommend that you get in touch with a psychologist to beat it.

It seems obvious but not being able to overcome difficulties can mentally destroy someone. Therefore, you must be careful to not find yourself helpless and in this situation.


Finding the balance

Another important point, it’s finding the balance. For many people, it can be difficult to separate professional life and private life. Indeed, some people can’t do this, and it is therefore hard for them to be good at both.

If you’re in this case, know that you have to let your problems behind you.

Is it complicated at work? You’ll think about it again when you go back to it. Is it complicated at home? You’ll think about it when you’ll come back to it.

It seems obvious but it could help you a lot, find a balance in your life could play an essential role in your mental health. If it’s difficult for you, a psychologist could be a solution.

Finally, know that mental health and physical health are linked and it’s essential to be careful to both to be healthier.


Having a purpose

Having a purpose and give your life a sense is an important point in your mental health. This one is a realization of giving you credit for important healthy life.

This purpose doesn’t need to be so big but it needs to comble yourself and your life. It needs to make sense to you.


Handling stress and worry

Stress and anxiety are scourges that can destroy some people. That is why by being healthy you can avoid this kind of thing. Someone who is healthy knows how to handle stress and worry. Being healthy is preventing these triggers to depression and other diseases.

By doing physical activity, getting the right hormones. Having some good people around, reading books or having a purpose in your life can make you stronger to be less stressed and worries.


Having a healthy conversation with yourself

Do you know that the way that you might talk and think to yourself could make you healthy or not.

Correlated to the last point we’ve seen, someone who’s healthy knows how to clear his bad and negative thinking and talk to himself healthily. What is in your mind might have a huge impact on your life. Being healthy is a good mental state to cover this important point.

That’s all for the mental aspect which you can see cover quite a lot.


This was what does being healthy really mean

At that moment, you may wonder, “That’s all very well, but how can I be healthy then?”. Be reassured, keep drinking your healthy drink we’re getting there.


Best ways to be healthy

First of all, you have to know that this topic is a bit complicated. Indeed, the way to be healthy depends to everyone and it’s very hard to describe. However, we can help you by listing various ideas that could help you on a daily basis:


Balanced and various nutrition

That will not surprise you but yes, it’s important to have balanced nutrition which all essentials nutrients that human being needs.

We recommend that you eat some fruits and vegetables (you already know the famous saying “5 servings per day”). Food containing vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

So, eat balanced is very important to be healthier.

Read –> How to organize and build a healthy meal


Doing some exercise

Obviously and you know that. Doing several exercises is recommended if you want to be in good physical and mental shape.

Don’t be afraid if you don’t like it, you don’t have to spend a lot of time per day. Indeed, studies show that just 10 minutes of exercise makes differences for your body. We can find a lot of benefits by just moving your body such as lowering cholesterol. Normalizing blood pressure, improving bone density, and so on.

Doing some exercises is thus very important for your health. Be brave, you can do it! What are 10 minutes in a day?


Be rested

Someone must have already told you that, you need to rest. Yes, that is an important part of your health.

Sleep actually allows the body to control your brain functioning, to keep your heart healthy, to keep your immune system working, to control your body temperature and energy use.

If you have sleeping trouble, try relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga.

Read –> Advices to have a better sleep by Pret-a-Train


Be happy

It seems obvious for your mental health, but it can be a difficult topic. Let’s give you some advices then.

To be happy, you must enjoy your food and your exercises, try different things if you don’t currently.

Also, to be happy you need to be in full well-being. Indeed, you have to be good at your work (find a company that suits you, make your dreams come true) and enjoy your whole life (just do what you really want!).

Obviously, it’s daily work on yourself and it’s hard advice you quickly on this. Be sure, you can, and you will do it!

Read —> Complete guide to adopt a healthy lifestyle


I hope you still sipping your healthy drink. Cause to finish our biopic of what being healthy really mean we want to give you a few facts that you probably don’t know about health.


Five facts you don’t know about the health

So do you know that:

  • A lack of exercise now causes as many deaths as smoking
  • Yoga and meditation can boost your cognitive function and lower your stress
  • Walking outside – or spending time in green space – can reduce negative thoughts and boost self-esteem
  • Chocolate is good for your skin, its antioxidants improve blood flow and protect against UV damage
  • An apple a day does keep the doctor away. Apples can reduce levels of bad cholesterol to keep your heart healthy.



As you’ve seen, health is a huge topic including a lot of different ideas. Indeed, adopting a healthy style and being healthy in its full sense is a long work which is very hard to be reached.

It depends on all people, all characters, and all thoughts. Being healthy is above all a lifestyle that some people can do with a lot of motivation and a lot of desire. To know how much you’re healthy, you can see if you fill in all the fields that we mentioned on the physical and mental aspects. It’s a good way to understand what you can try to improve then.

Good luck, you will do it, have confidence in yourself! This is a fundamental of all.



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