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Fitness Tips For 2/20/2013
The Health and Fitness Lifestyle
When people think of health and fitness we all generally include the
attributes of happiness and success thrown in as well. But to many
people health means absence from illness. However, according to the
World Health Organization:
"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being
and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." So when we think
of a healthy and fit lifestyle we are more than likely correct in
assuming that it also includes success and happiness which starts and
ends with attitude.
Let's take a look at the specific definition of what this means
considering what is written above. The first step is physical fitness
which is generally defined as "the ability to carry out daily tasks
with vigor and alertness, without undue fatigue, and with ample
energy to enjoy leisure-time pursuits and to meet unforeseen
In order to achieve this it must be improved through long-term and
regular participation in exercises, as well as maintaining a healthy
lifestyle. Physical fitness can also be classified into two
categories: (1) health-related fitness and (2) sport-related fitness.
But it goes a step farther as the components of health-related fitness
also generally known as physical fitness include; cardio-respiratory
endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance, flexibility, body
composition, and neuromuscular relaxation.
Cardio-respiratory Endurance refers to the ability of the circulatory
system and the respiratory system (i.e., heart and lungs) to supply
oxygen to the working muscles and remove metabolic wastes (e.g.,
carbon dioxide) at the same time. This a vital component of
health-related fitness because the human body and the brain must have
sufficient oxygen supply to work normally. The more sufficient the
oxygen supply, the more efficient the different body parts can work.
Studies done have shown that the capacity of the heart to pump blood
and the body to absorb oxygen reduces 5% to 15% every 10 years after
the age 25. However if one participates regularly in endurance
training it is undoubtedly beneficial to cardio-respiratory
Muscular Strength refers to the maximum force that can be produced
by a muscle or muscle group in a single contraction (i.e., 1-RM).
However muscular endurance refers to the ability of the muscles to
contract repeatedly, or maintain a submaximal force for an extended
period of time.
The bottom line is that heavier workloads cannot be overcome with
insufficient muscular strength and endurance, which may also lead
to premature muscular fatigue and muscular pain. Insufficient
muscular strength and endurance is also a factor of sport injuries,
or other chronic musculo-skeletal injuries.
Flexibility refers to the ability of a joint or a series of joints
to move through its full range of movement. This is an important
factor when looking at total health and fitness as with better
flexibility movement can be performed at higher efficiency (e.g.,
hurdling). Besides, good flexibility also helps to prevent sport
injuries (e.g., strains).
The next item for consideration when looking at total health and
fitness is body composition and this refers to the proportion of
fat to non-fat components (i.e., bones and muscles) in the human
body. Overweight and obesity is not only detrimental to sports
performances but it will also increase the chances for suffering
from cardiovascular diseases.
The last consideration is your neuromuscular relaxation which
refers to the ability to reduce or even eliminate unnecessary
tension or contractions of muscles due to stress. To put it
simply being able to relax not only enables one to work more
efficiently, but also facilitates sport performances.
Sport-related fitness includes all of the attributes mentioned
above as well as the following: Agility, Balance, Coordination,
Reaction Time, Speed and Power. This is something that could be
considered as part of a healthy and fit lifestyle but that would
depend on your specific sporting objective obviously.
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The Health and Fitness Lifestyle
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