Components of Fitness

Hello. How are you? Most of thetime we answer with “I’m fine”. That’s the automatic, easy response. Sometimes, behind that “fine” are a number of other adjectives. Tired. Achy. Slow.

There are days when we all feel that way. For some, it is happening so frequently that it is normal. The new normal. Buried in that “normal” are risks. Risks of Heart Disease, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and Stroke. And that other risk, the risk of slips and falls.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a magic fix for all of this? Sure it would, but there isn’t. There isn’t a magic pill, and there isn’t one activity that we can do to get us into shape. Being physically fit requires a holistic approach that includes 5 components of fitness.

  • Cardio
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Nutrition
  • Rest

Each one is as important as the other. They all require equal attention for us to feel our best.

It is a balancing act, but it doesn’t take as much time or energy as we may think. The best part is that the healthier we are the more efficient we are. But we know this already, don’t we? So why don’t we change? The biggest reason is that bad habits are hard to break, and good habits are hard to maintain! It’s so much easier to do what we are already doing. It was Albert Einstein who said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

So, here we are. At the fork in the road. You have read this far, now what? Chances are, you have all of the information that you need to make the change. You know about parking a little further from your destination and walking that extra distance. You know about eating your fruits and vegetables. How about getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night? You know about that one too, don’t you? Still, it’s hard.

“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.” ~ Robin Sharma

Start small. Over the next week, walk a few extra steps. Or add some vegetable you like to more of your meals. Go to bed 10 minutes earlier. Build from there. We are creatures of habit. Change doesn’t come easy. But it will happen.

Something to think about.