What is fitness

It's easy to throw around a word like fitness. But, what the hell does it really mean? I think everyone has their own definition of fitness. 

How do we define fitness?

How do we define fitness?


I think a solid definition is provided by the National Federation of Professional Trainers Handbook; 


“Having the energy and strength to perform daily activities vigorously and alertly, with energy left over to enjoy leisure activities or to meet emergency demands." 


Breaking that down we can identify 5 core components to total fitness:

  1. Endurance

  2. Strength

  3. Cardiovascular

  4. Flexibility

  5. Mental

Endurance-

Simply this is your ability to hold a contraction for an extended period of time. Example in the gym you spend time doing large quantities of air squats and at home you hold your baby for an hour while he falls asleep. Both are examples of low impact muscular expenditure over long periods of time.


Strength-

The goal with fitness is to simply to be strong enough that you can do all of your daily tasks without worrying about injury. Two things to consider here. Dynamic Strength, the amount of weight you can move and Static Strength, the amount of weight you can hold. 


Cardiovascular-

Cardiovascular is simply ensuring that your heart and your lungs can keep up with what you need to do.  


Flexibility-

Flexibility reduces the risk of injury, and ensures that you age with more grace. This is basically your ability to move through a complete range of motion, without pain. 


Mental-

No matter the fitness level of your body, if your mind is not in shape it will not matter. In order to achieve holistic fitness, one must have the right mindset. 


No matter the plan you are currently following, I would simply recommend that you be sure to consider all of the above points when building it out.  Rather than focus solely on getting swole, or just meditating all day, try to bring everything together into one holistic plan that will truly take you to the next level.

Workout of the day


150 Squats

100 Push-ups

75 Burpees

50 Pull-ups

1 mile run


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