What Determines Good Health?

The word health is thrown around in many different scenarios with different meanings. When someone says they’re worried about their health for an upcoming sporting event, then it is obvious they’re referring to physical health. When someone is talking about their health for an upcoming mid-term or final paper, then they’re probably talking about their mental health. It also doesn’t help that there is so much different material, some relevant and others not, about health. So what classifies good health?

In 1946, the World Health Organization (WHO) created their constitution. In the preamble, they define health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. They later added in 1986 at the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion that health is a resource of everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social & personal resources, as well as physical capacities.

To sum that all up, they’re basically saying that good health is far more than just the absence of disease. It is something effects you every moment of your day, good or bad. That’s what I got from it at least.

Two Aspects of Health

There are two types of health: mental and physical.


Physical health is anything pertaining to the body. It relates to anything concerning our bodies as physical entities. Good health would be a combination of good nutrition, regular exercise, and good sleep. However, it goes a bit deeper than that. In fact, most of the times when people talk about health, they are referring to physical health.

Another term for physical health is physical well-being. Physical well-being is defined as something that someone can achieve by developing all health-relatedcomponents of their life. Fitness reflects a person’s cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, and body composition. Other contributors to physical wellbeing may include proper nutrition, bodyweight management, abstaining from drug abuse, avoiding alcohol abuse, responsible sexual behavior (sexual health), hygiene, and getting the right amount of sleep.

Some people divide physical health into two components: structural and chemical. Structuralrefers to good bones, muscles, organs, etc. Structural health is associated with a person’s height/weight ratio, their BMI (body mass index), their resting pulse rate (heart rate), and recovery time after doing exercise. Chemical health means that the chemicals in the person’s body are correct, that tissues contain the right balance of nutrients, etc., and there are no toxic chemicals.

We may inhale or swallow natural and synthetic chemicals; they can also get into our body through the skin. In most cases, the body can break these chemicals down or pass them, so that there is no risk of toxic overload. Some chemicals can harm or destroy cells and tissues while others may affect genetic material directly, which can increase the risk of developing cancer.


Mental health would refer to people’s cognitive and emotional well-being. A person who is in good mental health does not have any type of mental disorders. The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being in which the individual realizes their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to their community.

It is a lot easier to describe mental illness than mental health. People say that mental health is the absence of mental illness.

What Classifies Good Health Then?

According to all of the information above, and the information I researched, good health is sort of complicated. Someone with cancer, yet has no mental illness and is well built, is technically not in good health. However, to most of the trainers and doctors I have approached with this question, they told me that good health is just living in the best and healthiest life you can. Even if you have cancer or a mental illness, you can still control what you can control. Eat right, workout daily for more than 30 minutes, check your BMI, have a great RHR, get great sleep, etc.

Don’t let big organizations or experts determine whether you are healthy or not due to an illness or disease. You can determine all of that by simply working with the things you can control. If you’re overweight, then simply start and maintain a healthy diet, workout as much as you can, etc.

What do you consider good health to be? Let us know in the comment section below.

JaQuan Bryant | SC: DapperHabitz