Below are just a few frightening statistics about physical fitness:
- Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day
- Only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week
- Only one in three children are physically active every day. (from fitness.gov)
That’s a lot of people who ignore physical fitness, isn’t it? And yet most people completely ignore these statistics. They think there’s no need to take care of their body until something happens to their physical wellbeing. But just ask the %5 adults who do exercise everyday how healthy they feel, and they’ll tell you that physical fitness is a must. And they’ll also tell you the best thing you can do is to get started as soon as possible.
Importance of Physical Fitness
It is important to be fit, everyone knows that. Your physical fitness has a big impact upon how you feel about yourself, and how much effort your body has to expend in order to keep working. Lack of physical fitness has supposedly reached an epidemic proportion in America, though the truth is that Americans are obsessed with physical fitness, and TV doctors and celebrities alike make a fortune through selling fitness videos and books to the public. Unless you’re planning to buy ‘em all and use them as weights to lift up and down every day, none of these will ever do your physical fitness any good at all.
The best way to improve your physical fitness is by incorporating regular activity into your daily routine. It is not necessary to take out full membership of your local gym, or even attend one exercise class. What it does mean is choosing an activity that increases your heart rate, or improves your strength and general flexibility. Walking a few more blocks, doing some gardening or housework, climbing the stairs, are all examples of something that can fit quite easily into your routine, but which can also increase your physical fitness. Taking the elevator, driving the car to the shop at the corner of your street, and spending more time in bed are all things that will not improve your fitness level.
A healthy lifestyle cannot be a fad, or something that you will do ‘next year’. It should be on your ‘to-do’ list all year round, not just as a New Year Resolution that you never intend to keep. Once you start on an exercise regime, you will need to keep that up for the rest of your life; or your physical fitness will be lost, and you will have to start all over again. Without regular exercise, the muscles reduce, and fat takes its place (muscles do not become fat, they merely move over to make more room for it if they aren’t used). It is therefore important that you choose a regime that is going to keep you interested in the long term; every year throws up a new ‘fitness fad’, but most people take them up and then discard them after a fortnight. Instead, choose something that you enjoy. If the thought of being instructed on stepping up and down on a plastic board fills you with scorn, then you might try something else – martial arts are always popular, and a physical fitness regime which incorporates some kind of team sport will also help to keep you interested.
Benefits of Physical Fitness
The benefits of exercise extend far beyond weight management. Research shows that regular physical activity can help reduce your risk for several diseases and health conditions and improve your overall quality of life. Regular physical activity can help protect you from the following health problems.
- Heart Disease and Stroke
- High Blood Pressure
- Noninsulin-Dependent Diabetes
- Back Pain
- Self Esteem And Stress Management
In order to learn detailed information about these benefits, you can check this article.
Components of Physical Fitness
The five components of physical fitness are:
- Cardiovascular endurance
- Muscle strength
- Muscle endurance
- Body composition
These 5 components measure your body’s ability to use oxygen as fuel, your muscular strength and endurance, the flexibility of your joints and your total body fat.
A range of tests are used to measure these components. Once you’ve been tested in all five components with a physical fitness test, a physical fitness regimen can be tailored to your specific needs. For more information about these components visit http://www.fitday.com/
Remember: physical activity every day is the key to fitness, and that is what is important. Improving your physical fitness can provide you with more energy, and will help you to feel more positive about yourself.
You just received a great overview of physical fitness. And while this will go a long way in helping you be fit, people who’re serious about physical wellbeing will want to take it to the next level ASAP. I have a feeling you’re one of those people. And that’s why I suggest you follow this blog, and check the recent articles frequently, because in a few weeks you’ll discover an entirely new way to gain physical health.