Are you struggling to define physical fitness for yourself? Often we think of someone who is lean and muscular as being fit. Here's a better definition...
Physical fitness is a measure of your body's ability to resist disease, maintain optimal health, and effectively and efficiently do what you need and want to do in your life.
What does your typical day consist of? Do you spend time lifting children, mowing the lawn or doing the laundry? Can you do your normal daily activities without difficulty or discomfort?
At the end of your work day do you still have plenty of energy?
How about having fun? Are you able to participate in activities you love doing?
If life throws you a crisis or challenge do you have the stamina to rise to it?
Are you an athlete training for an event?
Answer these questions and...
Bring the definition of physical fitness to life - your life. That's what counts.
While we all may define fitness a little differently, there are some basic components to physical fitness...
Becoming familiar with which types of exercise or activities improve which components of fitness can help you customize your fitness program to your needs and desires.
One other component of being physically fit in the real world is functional movement. Sit in a machine at the gym, adjust it to your body size and you are in an ideal posture for doing a specific exercise.
How often do you move like that in real life? Not when you're reaching into the back of your car to get something or lifting a child. These are total body movements and they're never the same twice.
A functional fitness program trains your body for your real life activities.
Here's what Dr. Vonda Wright, an orthopedic surgeon at the University Of Pittsburg Medical Center, has to say about fitness after 40...
Now that you're clear on what physical fitness is take it a step further...
The best way to define physical fitness is in how you live your life.