We can’t enjoy being overweight, tired and under constant stress
A strong healthy heart and efficient lungs are the foundation of a fit and healthy lifestyle.
The most basic measure of your fitness is the way your heart performs. The heart is a muscular organ whose contraction pumps blood to the whole body and deliver the oxygen.
Defining fitness is more problematic, there are many different kinds of fitness,
A physician may define it as the absence of disease.
An athlete may rate fitness according to the amount of musculature developed.
Other individuals perceive fitness as the ability to perform certain sports skills or the body’s strength,stamina,endurance and flexibility, but the most comprehensive definition has been given by the American medical association, which defines physical fitness as the general capacity to adopt and respond favorably to physical effort, in simple words a person who is capable of doing his daily work safely and efficiently without being overly fatigued and still feel better and look good and have energy left at the end of the day.
Physical fitness can be classified in to two categories-
(1) Health related fitness.
(2) Motor skill related fitness.
Most of the health experts agree that, from a health point of view, physical fitness involves five basic components that are separate but interrelated.
(1) Cardio-Vascular endurance.
(2) Muscular endurance.
(3) Muscular flexibility.
(4) Musculoskeletal strength.
(5) Body composition.
Each component, I will elaborate in coming blogs.
The second category of physical fitness (Motor skill) includes-agility, body balance, coordination, reaction time and speed. Motor skill related aspects of fitness are of greater significance in athletics.
Most importantly, improving all the components of fitness alone would not always decrease the risk for diseases and never ensure better health, as a result a new concept developed –“The concept of WELLNESS”
In details, I will discuss latter.