Fitness includes cardiovascular functioning, which is improved by aerobic activities that get your heart and lungs working faster. It also includes muscle strength, flexibility, and balance.
Reasons to stay fit:
- Be healthier
- Increase your chance of living longer
- Feel enthusiastic and energetic
- Reduce chances of depression
- Improve sleeping pattern
- Look good
- Be in shape
- Have stronger muscles and bones
- Achieve or maintain a healthy weight
- Reduce risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure, obesity and many more chronic diseases
- Improves Blood circulation to inactive areas.
- Mobilizes fat stores
- Enhances cellular activity
- Improves serotonin levels (happy hormones)
Doing the following can bring about physical fitness
Make you breathe harder and make your heart and blood vessels healthier.
- Water aerobics
- Jogging and running
- Aerobic exercise classes
- Bicycle riding (stationary or on a path)
- Some gardening activities, such as raking and pushing a lawn mower
- Golfing (without a cart)
Build up your strength
These activities work all the different parts of the body such as legs, hips, back, chest, stomach, shoulders, and arms. These include:
- Heavy gardening (digging, shoveling)
- Lifting weights
- Push-ups on the floor or against the wall
- Working with resistance bands (long, wide rubber strips that stretch)
Ensure a good range of motion in the joints.
Loss of flexibility can be a predisposing factor for physical issues, such as pain syndromes or balance disorders. Gender, age, and genetics may all influence range of motion. Flexibility exercises include:
- Tai Chi or Qi Gong