We only have one life to live and keeping healthy and fit increases our chances of living a long one. In fact, staying healthy and fit is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves.
People who live a sedentary lifestyle and who don’t take care of their health have a higher mortality rate than those who exercise and eat right. Exercising, staying active, and eating a healthy diet reduces the chances of being overweight and of having heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, a stroke, osteoporosis, and many other illnesses. Living a healthy lifestyle includes making healthy choices, staying away from unhealthy habits, being physically active, eating whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and lean protein, and maintaining a healthy weight.
The definition of fitness, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, is “a set of attributes that people have or achieve that relates to the ability of perform physical activity.” Being physically fit includes several components, and how fit a person is depends on how well he/she can perform each component. These components include cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Being fit and able to perform physical activities requires exercising to elevate our heart rate and improve cardiorespiratory endurance by doing things like swimming, jogging, or cycling. It also includes strengthening and increasing muscular endurance by working our muscles with resistance training and by exerting our muscles without tiring. One more element of fitness is flexibility, which can be achieved through a regular stretching regimen.
One very important element of being fit that is not mentioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is often forgotten or ignored by many people who exercise (and even trainers) is the importance of having a strong core. Some of the main muscles of the core are the pelvic floor muscles, transverse and rectus abdominis, internal and external obliques, the erector spinae, and the diaphragm. Our core muscles are our stabilizers and our movers. A strong core helps everybody, from the young to the elderly, with balance and stability. It also helps to prevent us from getting injured, helps improve posture, and makes it easier for us to perform physical activities. Doing exercises to strengthen our core will help us reach our fitness goals safer and faster.
At Precision Fitness, you will begin an exercise regime that will help you get fit, stay in shape, and reach your goals. Along with personal weight training, core training is a big part of our program. You will train in the comfort of a private studio with a trainer who will show you the correct form for all exercises so you will train safely. A nutritionist is also available to show you the best, safest, and most beneficial foods and eating plan. At Precision Fitness, all the attention is on you.