Physical Fitness is gained through regular use of muscles and your cardiovascular system. Be able to maintain your fitness is a life-long process and should part of your daily life. There is no actual agreed upon definition. There are however 5 nearly agreed upon components:
This is the amount of fat in one’s body compared to lean mass. Lean mass is muscles, bones, and organs. Your
Body Mass Index or BMI
is good indicator of your Body Composition. Use the link BMI is learn more about the subject. There is also a BMI Calculator to find your own BMI.
Cardiovascular fitness is the heart, lungs, and vascular systems’ (veins and arteries) ability to get oxygen-rich blood to one’s muscles during prolonged physical activity.
Muscular strength is the ability of one’s muscle or muscle group to expend force when against resistance. Like lifting a heavy weight.
Muscular endurance is ability of one’s muscle or muscle group to repeat an exercise or hold a position for and extended amount of time.
Flexibility is the way one’s muscle will stretch or lengthen itself.
as stated above is a life-long pursuit.
TIP: Working Out does not have to be all about being in the gym or going for a jog, add a sport that you enjoy. I like to surf. The days that I go surfing I do not workout. I consider that activity my daily workout. The more you enjoy something the apt you are to doing it more often. Most of workouts revolve around surfing.
It is the P.E. and Health teacher coming out in me, but I cannot stress this enough, that being active will make your life better. It helps you ward off disease and sickness, it lowers your stress levels, and helps you to focus.
Give 30 minutes of physical activity a day a try for one week, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.