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Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Fitness | 0 comments

Fitness Components

Fitness Components

6 Components of Good Fitness A good fitness program should include the following components of physical activity; rest; and nutrition: Cardio Vascular & Respiratory (heart, lung and circulatory benefits) Strength Training (musculoskeletal) Flexibility (e.g. increasing range of motion etc.) Functional Training (movement specific) Rest (mental and physical) Nutrition (well-balanced) However, the majority of most people only focuses on one of the above components, and overlooks the other vital benefits that are instrumental to making the difference between an effective fitness program and an unsuccessful one. If you can make a commitment to yourself to modify  your daily diet and approach towards your long term fitness, you are well on your way to making a significant difference in your life to reduce stress, gain more energy, and enjoy long term health benefits.  In addition, you can further ensure your long-term success if you not only practice “clean eating” and a balance of a variety of regular physical activity (e.g. CV, strength training, sports conditioning, etc.), but also if you do...

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Exercising, Fitness | 0 comments

Are You Flexible?

Are You Flexible?

What is flexibility? Essentially, flexibility is the ability to perform pain-free movement around the joints with the help of muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, together with the joints. What is stretching? The appropriate definition would be: a type of movement or exercise done to achieve increased flexibility for general well-being, sports-specific reasons or rehabilitation purpose. While being flexible is highly beneficial in general fitness, being hyper-flexible can cause you physical damage. Therefore, it is essential to incorporate a safe stretching routine with proper stretching techniques. Finally, prior to begin any flexibility program, it is wise to have a flexibility assessment done by a trained professional. The major benefits to any flexibility program and subsequent results will include: 1. Increased movement around a joint 2. Injury prevention and treatment 3. Increased co-ordination 4. Improved circulation 5. Decreased soreness due to other activity Types of stretches are either 1) static (slow / without movement, sustained) or 2) passive (static with the assistance of another person). Even though this article focuses primarily on static stretching which is safe and effective for the...

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