Understanding Physical Fitness
Physical Fitness Tips
In order to maintain good health, physical fitness is something that we should all aspire to do. But it can be difficult to determine what fitness entails. Here we answer the question: what does it mean to be physically fit?
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, physical fitness is defined as “a set of attributes that people have or achieve that relates to the ability to perform physical activity.”
This description goes beyond being able to run fast or lift heavyweights. Despite being important, these attributes only address single areas of fitness. This article provides details of the five main components of physical fitness.
Being physically fit depends on how well a person fulfills each of the components of being healthful.
Some of these components are listed below:
Cardiorespiratory endurance indicates how well our body can supply fuel during physical activity via the body’s circulatory and respiratory systems. Activities that help improve cardiorespiratory endurance are those that cause an elevated heart rate for a sustained period. These activities include swimming, brisk walking, jogging, cycling
People who regularly take part in these activities are more likely to be physically fit in terms of cardiorespiratory endurance. It is important to begin these activities slowly and gradually increase the intensity.
Exercising increases cardiorespiratory endurance in a number of ways. The heart muscle is strengthened so that it is able to pump more blood per heartbeat.
Fitness can include muscular endurance, which is the ability of a muscle to continue exerting force without tiring. As mentioned above, strength training builds bigger muscles. Endurance training, on the other hand, does not necessarily generate muscles of a larger size.
This is because the body focuses more on the cardiovascular system, ensuring that the muscles receive the oxygenated blood they need to keep functioning.
Flexibility is the range of movement across a joint. Flexibility is important because it improves the ability to link movements together smoothly and can help prevent injuries. Flexibility is specific to each joint and depends on a number of variables, including the tightness of ligaments and tendons.
Flexibility is increased by various activities, all designed to stretch joints, ligaments, and tendons. There are three types of exercise that are generally utilized to increase flexibility:
Dynamic stretching – the ability to complete a full range of motion of a particular joint. This type of flexibility is used in standard “warming up” exercises as it helps ready the body for physical activity.
Static-active stretching – holding the body or part of the body in a stretched position and maintaining that position for a period of time. One example of static-active stretching is the splits.
Ballistic stretching – only to be used when the body is already warmed up and limber from exercise, it involves stretching in various positions and bouncing.
There are a number of ways to improve flexibility. A daily stretching regimen can be the simplest and most efficient way of achieving whole-body flexibility.
Below are indoor fitness equipment you can buy to achieve your fitness goals: