What is fitness?
In today’s world, fitness is the new mantra. Infomercials, opinions, fitness routines and exercises overload us, so here is my question to you how do you sift through all of these data and select that one exercise routine regime to follow? In fact these infomercials keep yapping about being healthy and fit without really defining what fitness is? What is exactly meant by being healthy! These terms are in fact not defined. Just because my neighbor is mad about Insanity, should I do it? Testimonials from friends & advertisements on the web are rather poor criteria to base your judgement.
Fitness = Health? NO!
Surprising as it may sound, physical fitness is a term, which is rather hard to define. All of us use it without really fully understanding what it really means. Even the fitness industry uses it without really defining it. One normally tends to associate a good level of fitness with a good level of health. This is a very popular misconception and there hasn’t been any scientific study, which states that there is a direct link between fitness and health. In fact the correlation between health and fitness is, at best, minimal.
NOT lazy! Just highly motivated to relax!
So, does this mean we can do multiple marathons of watching our favourite TV shows, while munching bucket loads of crisp chips with yummy cheese without it affecting our health &fitness level? I hate to point it out to you but the answer is an emphatic NO. Leading a sedentary lifestyle is certainly detrimental to your health. Your muscles will atrophy, your metabolism will take a hit, the reference to you and pumpkins will be more of a derogatory nature.
The need to exercise
You exercise daily because you want to grow strong and flexible. You exercise daily because you want to train and condition your musculoskeletal system. Your body is a machine, it has its own systems and any system is as strong as its weakest link. Thus, to make the body strong and effective you need to address it as a whole. Regardless of what your profession is, be it a cost accountant or a football player, any exercise regime that you choose to follow has to have five essential exercises. They are:
||Flexion, Abduction, Extension
||Extension, abduction, abduction
||Hip, Back, Knee
||Hip, Back, knee
Here are the 5 daily exercises you should do for maintaining high fitness level:
1. Push Ups
Push-ups have been around since ages, for a reason. It is a very simple but effective exercise for the chest, shoulders & triceps. Doing this correctly will benefit not only benefit your upper body endurance but also the endurance level of your abdominal as well.
It puts a lot of strain on the shoulder, elbow and wrist joints.
Points to remember to maintain form:
- Keep your abdominal muscles, hips & lower back muscles tight.
- There should be a single plane of movement: from head to to ankle the body should move as one piece.
- ·Look up and move your head in front
- ·Raise your shoulders to your ears
- ·Break the movement into multiple ones: your shoulders should not rise before your hips or vice versa
2. Chin Ups
Like push ups, this one is a classic too. It has been around since ages. It is a very simple exercise wherein you go against the relentless force of gravity and pull yourself up against a bar. It looks intimi