Considering a complemental model of health and fitness
Article first published online: 8 AUG 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Sociology of Health & Illness © 2012 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness/Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Sociology of Health & Illness
Volume 35, Issue 3, pages 479–492, March 2013
How to Cite
Neville, R. D. (2013), Considering a complemental model of health and fitness. Sociology of Health & Illness, 35: 479–492. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2012.01494.x
- Issue published online: 28 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 8 AUG 2012
- health and fitness;
- complemental model;
- complemental curve;
- intermediary varieties of experience
This article examines the concept of fitness, which, in spite of its much avowed cultural significance, has become the subject of much critical attention. In particular, it considers the now contested relation of fitness to health; the fact that, although there appears to be a clear consensus on a simple causal relation between the two, this has been deemed illusory outside the medico-scientific context of its production. In response to the problems with both of these positions, this article examines the potential for reconfiguring the relation between fitness and health on new terms. A complemental model of health and fitness is proposed; one that strives to account for the body’s objective and subjective dimensions and for those intermediary varieties of experience that lie in between.