Hello everyone! I’d like to share with you 9 major components to getting fit. I like to call this the fitness recipe for success. Just like a good chef knows the right ingredients to a great recipe for a delicious meal, you need to know the right ingredients for your recipe to fitness success. As time goes on I’ll be covering exercises for the 9 areas below.
1 – Core – The core covers a large area from your neck to the bottom of your buttocks. It’s your body’s center of gravity and where all movement begins. A strong core is necessary for maintaining muscle balance throughout your body.
2 – Cardiovascular Training – This is training that utilizes and puts a stress on the cardiovascular system. Any form of activity such as the treadmill, tennis, and running can be used as cardiovascular training. It’s important to have a strong cardio system so you don’t fatigue easily during work outs. The longer you can sustain exercises and activities the faster you can get in shape.
3 – Strength Training – This is sometimes referred to as resistance training. Strength is basically the muscle’s ability to overcome an external force. It’s important to do strength training equally for all muscles in your body.
By having strength distribution evenly you’ll minimize chances of injury and be in better overall condition. You also shouldn’t work the same muscle groups every day. For some great information on tools to help you reach your cardio and strength goals please visit my Reviews page http://simplefitness123.com/reviews.
4 – Flexibility – Flexibility training can reduce occurrences of muscle imbalances, joint dysfunctions, and injuries from overuse. Without good flexibility you won’t be able to achieve great fitness without injury.
5 – Balance – Whether on a soccer field , riding a bike, or walking down stairs, maintaining balance is important to all functional movements. Balance training should challenge your limits of stability. It also fills a gap not addressed by many fitness programs and is key to getting in ideal shape.
6 – Speed – Speed is the ability to move your body in one intended direction as fast as possible. It is determined by what we call stride rate and stride length. Stride rate is the number of strides taken in a given amount of time and can be improved upon with training. Stride length is the distance covered in one stride during running.
7 – Agility – Agility is the ability to start, stop, and change direction quickly while maintaining good posture. This type of training can enhance core strength and balance. It can also help prevent injury by improving your body control.
8 – Quickness – Quickness is the ability to react and change body position at a maximum rate. It also involves being able to react to visual and auditory signals with minimal hesitation. Many times speed, agility, and quickness are combined into the same exercises.
9 – Power – The final aspect in enhancing fitness is power training, sometimes referred to as reactive training. You must have good core strength and balance to perform power exercises. That’s why I saved this component for last.
These exercises are quick, powerful, and explosive movements that are a progression in fitness. I can’t stress enough how they should only be done after your core and balance are in optimal shape.
In summary– these 9 ingredients I mentioned are a great foundation to building your fitness. If you know you’re weak in one area over another, you can focus on that area. However, you shouldn’t abandon any component of fitness totally because it will prevent you from attaining excellent fitness.
Hopefully this information answers some questions you may have on getting in awesome shape. I’ll be posting more information over time. If you have any questions or comments please let me know as I look forward to hearing from you. Best of luck to your fitness!