Cake and Other Analogies to Explain Fitness vs. Wellness

by Daina Lynn
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Cake and Other Analogies to Explain Fitness vs. Wellness

The road of life is much smoother when you can find balance despite what comes your way. When I think of balance, I think of two kids slowly rising and falling on a playground seesaw. Focusing only on your physical fitness is like standing on one side of that seesaw and expecting it to continue to rise and fall. Sure, the seesaw moved, but there is no balance. However, focusing on your overall wellness is understanding that for your seesaw to work, every component must be balanced and in sync.


Fitness is a component of wellness, but wellness isn’t a component of fitness. Make sense? It reminds me of the only thing I remember from ninth grade geometry class (other than it was the lowest grade I’ve ever received). What I recall from geometry is that a square is a rhombus but a rhombus is not a square. Here, fitness is the square and wellness is the rhombus. As a journalism major, that’s probably the only math analogy you’ll get from me. We need to dive a little deeper to understand the real differences between fitness and wellness and why both are important.


When I think of striving toward wellness, I think of yoga. For me, yoga and wellness are about the balance of mind, body and spirit. So it begs the question: Are you fit, or are you well? Do your personal goals revolve around working out to stay in shape (fitness) — or working out for your mind, body and spirit (wellness)?

Fitness is simply attention to the body, which leads me to my third analogy: the sports car. Obviously, the exterior of a car might look good, but it will only get you so far (actually, it won’t get you anywhere). You may have the nicest sports car on the block — all shiny and fit with a luxury custom interior and decked out rims, but if you don’t service that vehicle on a regular basis, one day it will break down. If you don’t put the right gas in your tank (eating well), if you don’t service the engine (letting your body work and rest), if you don’t change the oil (clearing the mind), you may find yourself calling AAA from the side of the highway of life. Just as a car has many working components that all need equal attention, so do you.


My parents used to read the bedtime story, “Three Little Pigs,” to my brother and me when we were kids. My mom read it to get us to stop playing knee hockey on her living room carpet, and I think my dad read it to teach us the benefits of hard work. Anyway, here is the third analogy: Is the foundation of your life built on straw, sticks or bricks? Are you fit, or are you well?

Let’s be honest for a moment — building a home is hard work. I’m sure the two pigs who built their homes from straw and sticks still worked hard. But, the pig who built his home from bricks worked just a little harder — and smarter. That extra attention to detail in building a strong foundation saved the pig when the wolf came and tried to blow his house down.

A strong foundation starts with balance. It starts with understanding that true happiness in life takes work, no matter the route. If you put in a little extra work and focus on the body along with the mind and spirit, you’ll be prepared to weather the windy storms of life.


Fitness is a slice of the cake, wellness is the cake.

Being physically fit is an important part of life, but wellness of the body, mind and spirit is what life is all about! Start giving those three areas the same love and care, and you just may be able to have your cake and eat it, too.

About the Author

Daina Lynn
Daina grew up in Minnesota and Wisconsin and now calls Maryland home. After giving up her dream to be a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, her love for sports led her to the University of Missouri School of Journalism. While at school, she became a certified yoga teacher and now combines her love for writing with her love of sports, fitness and yoga. Her goal is to encourage others to never grow weary of doing good. Reach out to her via


10 responses to “Cake and Other Analogies to Explain Fitness vs. Wellness”

  1. Goobs says:

    Your writing is bad and you should feel bad.

  2. SaraH Davis says:

    Nice article. I’m sorry but your maths anology is wrong.
    A square must have 4 equal sides AND 4 right angles.
    A rhombus must have 4 equal sides.

    So a square can be a type of rhombus but a rhombus can’t be a square.

    Its nice to see someone using maths though!

    • George Carter says:

      “A rhombus must have 4 equal sides.” So a rhombus CAN be a square, or any other 4 equal sided figure.

      • SaraH Davis says:

        No a square has to have 4 right angles of 90 degrees.

        So yes a rhombus is like a pushed over square. But a rhombus doesn’t have the required 4 x 90 degree angles. So a rhombus can’t always be a square.

        A square can be a rhombus because all you need for a rhombus is 4 x equal side lengths.

      • Kira says:

        Some rhombuses are squares, but not all rhombuses are squares.

        All squares are rhombuses.

  3. change28 says:

    Fitness is the capacity to perform physical work.

    Health or wellness is the capacity to resist disease.

    • Joe Hopkins says:

      I resign working at shopritte and these days I’m generating 75 dollars -97 dollars p/hour. How? I’m working on the internet! My employment didn’t actually make me joyful as a result I chose to take a chance on something new…after four years it wasn’t simple to give up my day job but now I couldn’t be more joyful.>>> S.ID/1dR

  4. Debbie Russell says:

    Really LOVE the cake analogy at the end of this article!

  5. koalasloverain says:

    All of the other people talking about rhombuses are wrong, as is the author, sorry to say… generally, a rhombus must have BOTH four equal sides and equal acute/obtuse angles opposite each other, but no rhombus has right angles. Otherwise a great article, but this super bugged me. The saying is “all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares.” Rectangles. Not rhombuses.

  6. Carrie says:

    Bad article.. usually myfitness has great and useful reads. Too many repetitive analogies and not enough useful info and tips.

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