Fitness and Exercise – Do You Do It Often Enough?

By December 6, 2016 December 16th, 2016 Fitness
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Do you “do it” as often as you’d like? Most people don’t…why? There are lots of reasons, but some of the top reasons include: being too tired, not enough time, not feeling well, not being in the mood and not in the right place.

Are you thinking about sex? While the above excuses are frequently used when talking about “sex” (or should I say lack of it), this blog is about fitness and exercise. And while we may be “getting it sometimes” the truth is you probably need and maybe want more… fitness and exercise that is.

My inclination is to tell you all the scary statistics related to possible long term health problems and risks but I want this post to be informative and empowering so, at least for today I am leaving out the statistics.

Fitness and Exercise – What’s it Mean to You?

What is fitness to you? Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines fitness as: “The quality or state of being fit.” No offense to Merriam-Webster but this definition tells us absolutely NOTHING. Fitness is far more that a “state of being fit.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical fitness is 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 respond to emergencies.” Based on this definition, fitness impacts everything we do during our waking hours, from getting up in the morning, walking our dog, working effectively at work to enjoying time with friends and loved ones, as well as doing “it.”

So what are the main components of fitness and exercise?

While the various components vary depending on the source the most basic components of fitness include:

  • Cardiorespiratory endurance – typically measured by how long or fast a person can perform an activity and how this impacts measurements such as heart rate and oxygen consumption.
  • Muscular endurance – typically measured by how many repetitions of an exercise a person can perform. Common tests involve push-ups and sit ups.
  • Muscular strength – typically measured by how much weight can be moved in relation to repetitions.
  • Flexibility – typically measured by how far a muscle group can be stretched or joint can be moved. The most common tests involve the hamstrings and shoulders.
  • Balance – typically measured by how long a particular position can be held with or without some type of activity being performed. Simple tests such as standing on one leg can be used to assess balance.

Fitness and exercise are so much more that running on a treadmill or elliptical machine. They are preparing your body and mind so that you can live each day to the fullest, without having to say “NO” or “I CAN’T” to tasks or activities you want to do but can’t because you feel you aren’t strong enough or don’t have enough energy. YES when you are fit you can probably do “IT” with more energy, endurance and flexibility!

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