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Physical fitness can be defined as a state of health and well being and basically the ability to perform some aspects of sports and daily activities.

Physical fitness is achieved through exercise among other factors, through proper nutrition and sufficient rest.

Fitness is seen as the ability to carry out daily activities without undue fatigue. more so, with changes in lifestyles physical fitness is now considered a measure of the body's ability to function efficiently and effectively in work and other extra curricular activities, to be healthy, to resist diseases, and to meet emergency situations.

Fitness is seen as the state of being fit and healthy. The modern definition of fitness describes a person's ability to perform a specific function or a holistic definition of human adaptability to cope with different situations. 

This has led to an interrelation of human fitness that has mobilized global fitness and fitness equipment industries. fitness is attributed to a person who possess significant aerobic or anaerobic ability, i.e. endurance or strength. 

A well-rounded fitness program improves a person in every aspects of fitness compared to practicing only one, such as only cardio or only weight loss training.

Physical fitness can also help prevent or treat many chronic health conditions brought upon by unhealthy lifestyle or aging. Working out can also help a lot of people sleep better and possibly alleviate some mood disorders in some individuals.

Research has proven that many of the benefits of exercise includes: the release of myokines during muscular contractions helps to promote the growth of new tissue, tissue repair, and various anti-inflammatory functions, which in turn reduce the risk of developing inflammatory diseases.

AEROBIC EXERCISES TO HELP YOU KEEP FIT.

Treadmill training – Most treadmills have programs that are set up to offer numerous workout plans. 

One effective cardiovascular activity would be to switch between running and walking. Typically warm up first by walking and then switch off between walking for three minutes and running for three minutes.

Jogging – Running at a gentle and steady pace. This form of exercise is great for maintaining weight.

Swimming – Using the arms and legs to keep oneself afloat and moving either backward or forward. 

This is a good full-body exercise for those who are looking to develop their core strength while improving on their cardiovascular endurance

Elliptical training – It is an exercise done on a stationary exercise machine which includes walking or running without causing unbearable stress to the joints. This exercise is perfect for individuals with achy knees, hips etc.

Walking – Moving at a regular pace for a short, medium or long distance.

Cycling – Riding a bicycle involves longer distances than walking or jogging. it is another low-impact exercise on the joints and it is perfect for improving leg strength.

What are the best exercises for overall health and fitness?

  • Pushups
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Running
  • Side planks
  • Planks
  • Knee tucks
  • Glute bridge
  • Dumbbell presses
  • Dumbbell rows
  • Pike roll-out
  • Crow Stand
  • Swimming

Summary

Fitness can mean a lot of things to different people.

The important thing is that embarking on any regular exercise will benefit a person's health a great deal. The more exercise they do, the healthier they will look and feel.

Regular exercise is very important for overall health and fitness. People can start really slow and with time increase the frequency of their workout and the number of sets and repetition as their fitness levels improve.

Disclaimer: This content is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.

Written by: Chinwendu Okeke O.

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