WHOLE LIVING Series Part 1
Physical fitness play an important role in daily activities. Improving all areas of physical fitness will help improve your ability to perform daily activities and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If you ask 10 people what does physical fitness mean you’ll get a variety of answers. Physical fitness can be defined as being able to accomplish specific physical tasks like lift a certain amount of weight or run a particular distance in a certain time. That is true, but a comprehensive fitness program includes and goes beyond accomplishing specific goals and activities.
5 Primary Components of Physical Fitness
Cardiorespiratory fitness – the ability of the circulatory and respiratory systems to supply oxygen rich blood to muscles during sustained physical activity. Basically, cardiorespiratory fitness is the ability of your heart and lungs to work together to provide the necessary oxygen and fuel to your body without quickly reaching a high level of fatigue and tiredness.
Muscular strength – the greatest amount of force a muscle or muscle group can exert to overcome resistance.
Muscular endurance – the ability of a muscle or muscle group to exert force for extended periods of times. Or, how long your muscles can do something before becoming too exhausted to finish.
Flexibility – the ability to move a joint through its full range of motion without hindrance, discomfort or pain.
Body composition – the percentage of body weight that is fat versus fat-free tissue (muscles, bones, water, etc.).
A well rounded fitness program is important for quality of life and overall health. By incorporating these five components into a workouts you can enhance your performance and function, manage your weight, and look and feel your best.
Watch for upcoming articles in a WHOLE LIVING series that will include topics such as secondary components of a comprehensive fitness program, components of health and wellness, nutrition and creating a whole living plan to live your best life.
Do you incorporate all 5 components of physical fitness into your workouts? What component do you include most often? What component do you need to include more often?
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