All round fitness can mean different things to different people but we basically mean having the fitness to be strong, powerful, flexible, injury free, cardiovascular fitness, suppleness and more. We see quite often in our field of work someone that has spent almost too long working on one area of health and fitness and neglecting the others. This will eventually have an I mpact on your body, whether that's injury or disease. But what can you do about it?
The difficulty is that being overly fit in one aspect and not fit enough in others will unbalance your body. For example, if you spend a lot of time working on your flexibility through classes such as Pilates / Body Balance then you'll likely be super flexible. The thing is though, your body needs to be strong enough to control that flexibility whilst moving around during day to day activities. If not then you'll be much more likely to injure yourself and your joints will be especially vulnerable.
A lot of the time this happens as people are uncomfortable carrying out different types of exercises or don't know what to do. Coupled with the fact that that individual may really enjoy the stretching aspect and not really enjoy the other aspects it can be difficult to get motivated to work on the weaknesses. However once you understand the importance you'll hopefully work on them.
We'd recommend that each and every one of us works on our:
- strength and power through some form of weight training
- flexibility through classes and / or appropriate dynamic and static stretching
- joint care through 3 dimensional, functional training
- cardiovascular fitness through interval sets
These will be a good starter and then you may even want to get more specific and work on even more areas. But for now that will be enough. Today's e're. To going to go into detail on how to work these areas specifically as it'll vary for each person and you'll really need to work with a professional to get the most out of it.
What we hope to do with this article is to get you to think about you own health and fitness and to analyse whether you're looking after the whole of your body or just one area. Get in touch if you'd like some specific help!
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