By FitMantras coach Vanan
After the holidays, fitness seems to be the buzzword and everyone’s into some fitness regime or other. What does it really mean and is it for everyone?
Fitness is the state of being able-bodied, including looking good, feeling great and doing our best. You rely on your body to perform at its peak, be it daily household tasks; taking a brisk walk or running a race.
Sounds easy enough? Let me elaborate. You know your body best so set the goals to fit you. Before that, take into consideration your age, health condition, your fitness level, interests and your schedule. If you want an expert opinion, consult a doctor on your overall health condition before setting your goals. Start slow and let every success motivate you to move to next level.
Five fitness basics
There are five basic fitness focus areas and you should look into improving these:
- Body composition – the make-up of the body, commonly the lean mass (muscle, bone, vital tissue and organs) and fat mass. A particular ratio of fat to lean mass is an indication of fitness and using that information with appropriate exercises will aid in decreasing body fat and increasing or maintain muscle mass.
- Heart and lung endurance – the ability to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the working muscles in our body
- Muscular strength – the ability of a muscle to exert force for a brief period of time
- Muscular endurance – the ability of a muscle, or a group of muscles, to sustain pressure for a period of time
- Flexibility – the ability to move joints and use muscles without any tightness.
Begin every workout with a warm-up and end it with a cool-down. For the warm-up, take five to ten minutes to do low intensity movements – it can include walking, slow jogging, knee lifts, arm circles or trunk rotations. Cool-down by repeating the same movements at the end of the workout with additional stretching. A rule of thumb: Try to fit in moderate to intensity exercises in your daily routine.
Want to know more? Come and speak to the FitMantras fitness experts at Hollandse Club. You will find us in the gym.