Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
― J. F. Kennedy
― J. F. Kennedy
Wonder why health-conscious people pay so much attention to their regular workouts and their diets? Well, if you have been ignoring the advice of others on the importance of physical fitness and are reluctant to give up your sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits, it is time to wake up and smell the coffee.
What is Physical Fitness?
Physical fitness is defined as the state or condition of being physically sound and healthy, especially as the result of exercises and proper nutrition. It is, thus, a state of general well-being, marked by physical health as well as mental stability. Physical fitness is not just about having a lean body; it is about having cardiovascular and overall muscular endurance, as well as a strong immunity system, and most importantly, a satisfied and happy state of mind.
Why Do I Have to be Physically Active?
Physical fitness is one of the most important things in life and one of the most valuable assets one can ever have. Health is one of the pre-requisites for a happy, well-balanced life. There are several advantages of being physically fit; here is how physical fitness helps you in the long run:
Cardiovascular Endurance: Cardiovascular endurance is nothing but the measurement of your heart's strength. It also implies the ability of the body to deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues and to remove wastes. Physical fitness helps you achieve cardiovascular endurance and helps to increase the oxygen flow to all the body muscles.
Muscular Strength: A balanced and regular fitness regimen helps to increase the ability of muscles to exert force and sustain contraction. In short, to put it simply - a regular workout will make your muscles stronger and thus, increase your overall strength.
Self-Confidence: When you look good and you feel good, it is obvious that you have no inhibitions and insecurities to bog you down. A healthy mind and a healthy body are a big boost to your self-confidence.
Flexibility: A regular workout session will ensure that you move your joints and muscles to their fullest extent and hence, it will increase the flexibility of these joints and your overall body. Flexibility in body movements is achieved only through physical fitness.
Body Composition: One of the indicators of physical fitness is a balanced and healthy body composition. Minimum level of fat and maximum level of lean mass is a sign of a healthy and fit body. The lean mass includes muscles, bones, vital tissues, and organs.
Beautiful You: Exercise and overall fitness helps detoxify your body, and thus lets your skin breathe. It also helps to tone your body and thus enhances your overall appearance. So in short physical fitness keeps you beautiful and glowing.
Healthy Mind: A healthy mind dwells in a healthy body. Any exercise included in your fitness regimen, will lead to the production of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are chemicals that make you feel happy and hence a healthy, physically fit body is always accompanied by a healthy mind.
Drive-away Illness: Yes, it is true. Moderated and balanced workout in a fitness regimen helps to boost the immune system of the body. Fully functional and strong body immunity means that your body develops the strength to ward off diseases and infections.
So, in short, to have sense of satisfaction in your life - it is not just the materialistic things that you need - it is your own physical fitness, which will help you in the long run. A disease-free healthy body and mind are simply priceless. So, the next time you skip breakfast to rush to office or don't find the time to exercise owing to your busy schedule - think about this. Live your life to the fullest, but more importantly, live it wisely and invest time in your own health.