November 4th, 2013
Mom always knows best, right? Not according to my children. I hate it when I am proven right though at the expense of them having to injury themselves. Which is how we have ended up in the situation of having [...]
October 31st, 2013
I was hunting with my father on a four wheeler when we had a pretty bad accident. We were lucky that neither one of us were hurt more severely. We did go to the doctor and found out that I [...]
October 31st, 2013
Recently I relocated my family to the Fort Myers area because of a new job opportunity. My wife and I had discusses some things right before the move. One of our biggest concerns was finding a new source for quality [...]
What is Fitness?
Fitness brings to mind power, and speed, strength and coordination. However, that may not be all there is to being fit. Being able to run, move, and lift is an important part of fitness, but it is also essential to be mentally and emotionally healthy. If you only have one or another, you are living only partially to your health potential. You must be physically fit as well as healthy.
There are four main areas of fitness, which comprised we call the art of fitness. These areas are Muscle Health, Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition, and Mental and Emotional Health.
There are three parts to muscle health: endurance, strength, and flexibility. Endurance is the ability to perform for long periods, such as walking or biking, without fatigue. Strength is the ability to lift or move heavy objects. Flexibility is a good range of motion in your joints, tendons, and ligaments.
Your cardiovascular system runs your circulatory and respiratory systems, giving your body enough blood and oxygen to keep your muscles going. Without this important system, your muscles would not last long. To exercise this system, pick activities that keep your heart rate elevated for a continued length of time.
Your body is a machine, and just like any other machine, it needs some sort of fuel in order to function. The better and cleaner the fuel, the better that machine functions. The same is true of your body; what you feed it results in how well it runs.
Mental and Emotional Health
There have been studies done that show poor or negative mental and emotional health lead to sickness in otherwise healthy individuals. It also works the other way around, with positive and good mental and emotional health leading sick individuals to become healthy. Hygiene also plays a big part in health.