The Overlooked (but Important) Aspects of Fitness By jack hall

Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your body. It has been shown to relieve stress, and have many mental and physical health benefits. But before you set off on your morning run ask yourself, am I forgetting anything?

Warm up / Cool down

The most commonly overlooked aspect of exercise is the warm up/cool down, so you may be surprised to find out just how important they are. The Journal of Human Kinetics published a study in late 2012 showing the benefits of a warm up and cool down with resistance training. The journal descoverd that simply by using a 20 minute warm up, the onset of sore muscles was delayed significantly. A proper warm up is meant to gradually increase the heart rate and loosen the muscles for more intense training. This means warming up also makes exerciseing safer, since stiff muscles are more prone to injury.

Health related fitness / Skill related fitness

If you want to learn more about your health and exercise it is important to understand the terminology. Typically, all exercise is classified as Health related Fitness or Skill related fitness.

Health related fitness is any diliberate activity meant to strengthen your muscles, cardiovascular system, and overall health. Running on a track or weight lifting are considered health related, however sports are not. The components of health related fitness are:

  • Muscular strength
  • Muscular endurance
  • Cardiovascular endurance
  • Body composition
  • Flexibility

Skill related fitness, also called proformance related fitness, is centered around ones ability to preform a skill or sport effectively. Playing soccer or basketball would be examples of skill related fitness. The components of skill related fitness are:

  • Agility
  • Power
  • Coordination
  • Reaction time
  • Balance


Created with images by RyanMcGuire - "running sprint cinder-track"

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