When they hear someone say, “physically fit,” What do they think about? Today physical fitness has become an important almost essential factor that needs to be incorporated in their daily lives. There are more and more health problems that are due to the lack of physical activity that people don’t seem to make time for. Diabetes, and high blood pressure are on the rise and what is even worse is that children are suffering from these health complications as well. They all know how expensive and costly going to the doctor’s office can be. By being active and eating healthy they will feel better, look better, and will be less likely to have any serious health issues.
Cardio workouts and fitness is also needed to maintain their body in a healthy state. Cardio fitness has to do with overall body composition and endurance. Cardio examples are: running, jogging, swimming, bike riding, and walking. The Department of Human Services determined physically fit involves; flexibility, muscle strength, body composition, and cardiorespiratory fitness.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to find out how fit or unfit their body is and what they need to work on to change and avoid any serious health issues down the road. Body mass is set by the height and weight of a person. On average a healthy weight is between 18.5 and 24.9 body mass, underweight is body mass under 18.5, and larger than 25.0 means overweightness. If they are overweight, their body is at a disadvantage. Determining their BMI does not take into account the muscle or the fact that women in general carry more fat than men, and that women’s metabolism works slower than a man’s, which makes it more difficult for a woman to control and keep their body weight leveled.
A person’s fat is mostly stored around the organs, and under the skin, and fat is piled up in the abdomen, knees, inner thighs (mostly in women), upper arm, and buttocks. Another important factor in physical fitness is cholesterol, that most people suffer from but can be monitored by being physically active and eating healthy. Cholesterol comes from what we eat (meats, dairy, cheese, butter and eggs). When a person has high cholesterol, cholesterol has built up in the arteries and causes them to tighten, your blood pressure increases and their blood flow deteriorates, and they are more vulnerable to having a heart attack or stroke; it is recommended to take no more than 300milligrams of cholesterol a day to avoid heart problems.
There are many ways to keep your body fit and healthy and avoid any health related issues. Aerobic activity will help keep your blood pressure and cholesterol leveled, control their weight and strengthen their muscles. Strength workouts help substitute body fat with muscle. Stretching exercises help with circulation and is also a stress reliever. Exercising 30 minutes out of the day 5 times a week will make them feel good, give them energy, improve their mood, improve their health, and live a longer and healthier life.