What does it mean to be fit?


What does it mean to be fit? 

If we don’t know what being fit is then how will we know when we are there?  Or will we be able to commit to a plan of action if we don’t have a clear picture? defines fitness as:

To be physically fit means to be in a state of health and well-being.

What is fitness and what does it mean to be physically "fit?" Physical fitness is defined as "a set of attributes that people have or achieve that relates to the ability to perform physical activity" (USDHHS, 1996).

In other words, it is more than being able to run a long distance or lift a lot of weight at the gym. Being fit is not defined only by what kind of activity you do, how long you do it, or at what level of intensity.

While these are important measures of fitness, they only address single areas. Overall fitness is made up of five main components:

  • Cardiorespiratory endurance
  • Muscular strength
  • Muscular endurance
  • Body composition
  • Flexibility

I think that gives us a pretty good idea of all the dimensions to fitness.  So now that we have a clearer idea of what we are striving for, how can we achieve fitness?  Of course I’m biased but I think both adult taekwondo classes and Kisado Fitness classes can help tremendously.  In both classes fitness is our goal, so the instructors pace the class to be challenging for all levels of fitness ability.  Kisado Fitness classes are high intensity intervals, which work the entire body each class, with a cardio and yoga segment for those added benefits.  Our adult martial arts classes are also a great workout, but we are learning self-defense and a centuries old art at the same time.  The workouts are very functional in nature.  I do push ups, so I can break my boards and block those kicks that are coming at me.  I stretch so I can kick someone in the head and get an extra point.  And I think the belt system is a great motivator to keep working out.  Come on in for a free class and try something different than the same old work out routines.


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