Fitness is one of the most important factors that contribute to an individual’s health. A fit body has many different advantages. It helps you prevent many diseases and ailments and can even help prevent death. There are many ways in which an individual can achieve or maintain a fit body. The following tips and guidelines will aid in ensuring that you have the best fitness levels in life.

To be truly fit, one must be physically fit. A physically fit body is an individual who has a well-balanced combination of muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness. Muscular fitness is an overall state of good health and well being and, more importantly, the ability to do various parts of physical activities, such as lifting weights, doing cardio workouts, and stretching. Muscle-based fitness generally involves frequent exercise, proper eating, adequate sleep, and proper supplementation. Cardiovascular fitness, on the other hand, is measured through an individual’s ability to exercise effectively, balance a weight, increase one’s metabolic rate, and burn calories. Blood-vessel function, bone density, muscle tone, joint integrity, and overall health are all measured through cardiovascular fitness.

Fitness is also measured through one’s endurance. Endurance refers to a person’s ability to continue at least moderately vigorous activity for a period of time without diminishing the person’s performance and/or physical health. Consistent, though slightly intense exercise is necessary to foster high levels of endurance. For those looking to improve their physical fitness, it is important to choose an activity that is both fun and can be easily maintained.

Finally, it is important to keep in mind that both muscular and cardiovascular fitness are only two important components of physical fitness. For example, it would be inaccurate to state that one’s swimming abilities are directly related to their staying active. Likewise, a person’s weight lifting abilities may be unrelated to their ability to stay active. Instead, it is important to consider how an individual’s physical activity relates to their mental health, emotional well being, and their ability to live a happy and healthy lifestyle.

By maintaining a combination of a balanced diet, adequate sleep, adequate exercise, and the use of relaxation techniques such as meditation, a person can greatly improve their level of fitness. This is true for individuals of all ages, sexes, economic class, and ethnic backgrounds. Those who maintain a healthy lifestyle and engage in regular exercise are less likely to develop serious illness or disability as they age.

Physical fitness should not be defined as being entirely mental or physical. In fact, those who participate in high intensity physical fitness activities can also improve their mental fitness and emotional well being. This is true because the exercises themselves help to reduce stress, sharpen concentration, improve memory, increase alertness, reduce depression, and lower the levels of stress hormones released into the body. Therefore, those who are living a physically active lifestyle are more likely to be happier and healthier as they age. As these individuals continue to age, they are less likely to experience a number of the common diseases that affect elderly individuals, including osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.

By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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