Understanding The Benefits Of Physical Fitness
Physical fitness is a complex state of good health and well being and, in particular, the capacity to do many physical tasks, including athletics and jobs. Physical fitness, normally, is achieved through moderate-to-vigorous exercise, proper nutrition and adequate rest.
A person who engages in physical activity, whether through sports, work or play, will find that their physical health improves. This improvement is primarily because an increased level of cardiovascular and respiratory fitness is achieved. The improvement in cardiovascular and respiratory fitness can be brought about by increasing activity levels (such as with the use of a stationary bicycle, elliptical machine or treadmill) or by a change in diet. Some studies have shown that increasing activity levels alone will not be enough to increase cardiovascular and respiratory fitness.
Aerobic fitness, on the other hand, is the most important component of overall physical fitness. It can also be the most difficult. Anaerobic exercise is the type of exercise that requires a high level of intensity and is very different from aerobic exercise. This type of exercise is typically done to improve muscle strength and/or build muscle endurance.
The types of exercises are many but they all require a high degree of fitness in order to maximize the benefits of the exercise session. There are many ways of doing this, such as doing resistance training, aerobic exercises, strength training, balance training, and stretching. However, if an individual is seeking to improve their health it is best to incorporate a combination of different types of exercise into one session so that the body can receive all the benefits of an effective workout.
For example, if an individual were to engage in aerobic exercises such as walking or running, a balance trainer or swimming would be most appropriate. A strength trainer, on the other hand, could be used for working on muscle endurance. If strength training was not part of the exercise program, balance training may be a better choice for improving the overall health of the individual.
Physical fitness should not only be an end in itself; it should be integrated into an overall lifestyle change for both the individual and his or her family. People who exercise regularly, particularly those with heart conditions, will find that physical fitness will be the best way to reduce the risk of any future heart problems or a heart attack, especially for those older in age. Physical activity will also help the individual to stay active and will keep weight down, which in turn will decrease the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.