Modern lifestyle is the main cause of people not staying fit. Staying fit has become a great concern for people, proving its importance. Fitness is to the body as intelligence is to the mind. Staying fit is important as it reduces the risk of diseases by more than 80%. Mental fitness helps in maintaining a stressfree and peaceful life. Without being fit, we will not be able to concentrate on our work and not even be able to execute any work properly.
To maintain fitness, we should know its main components:
- Flexibility: It is the ability of our body to move our joints and muscles as much as possible. It is important to maintain flexibility of the body to do work with more accuracy. It can be increased by doing yoga, stretching, etc.
- Cardio Endurance: It determines the power of the heart to pump as much blood as possible, and the power of lungs to supply as much oxygen as possible to the body. This can be developed and maintained to stay fit by cycling, long distance running, swimming, etc.
- Muscular Strength: This is the power of your muscles to exert the maximum force. It is used for lifting heavy things, weightlifting, etc. It can be developed by push-ups and pull-ups.
- Muscular Endurance: It is the ability of the muscles to carry on a work for long period of time. It can be developed by long distance run, cycling and other such activities.
To maintain proper fitness, all of these components should be considered with equal importance. A proper workout should contain all kinds of exercises paying attention to all these components.
Fitness is not something that can be taken for granted. We should put all our efforts to stay fit and also encourage everyone else to stay fit. Apart from the above mentioned components, we should take care of petite things like diet and cleanliness as fitness with all such care only leads to good health. Once we are fit, we should maintain it by regularly exercising and should never let it go down. It should be kept in mind that it is hard work that gains us fitness and not money.