Physical fitness is the basic foundation of our overall health and wellbeing. It relates to the attributes and skills that are needed for performing day to day tasks effectively and efficiently. All while leaving enough energy in reserve for recreational and emergency needs. People usually relate physical fitness to activities like lifting weights, running or jumping but it is actually far more than that and relates to common day to day activities like backpacking, shoveling snow and mowing grass.
Taking part in physical activities regularly can prevent us from the risk of various diseases. Research conducted by the American Heart Association has shown that regular exercise can decrease the risk of heart attack, heart diseases and can lower our total cholesterol. It can also keep our blood pressure in check and can decrease the risk of stroke and our chances of being overweight or obese. Moderate exercise on a daily basis can also lower our stress level, provide us with an improved sleep and as a result improve our physical appearance. It can also increase our energy and strength and can make our heart, bones, muscles and lungs stronger.
In order to become more physically fit, we are required to make a lifelong commitment and make the necessary changes in our lifestyle. Buying special equipment or joining a health club isn’t the only way to achieve physical fitness. Moderate physical activity on a daily basis can also do wonders for our health and we should select such activities that we can enjoy like dancing, rock climbing and rowing etc.