Updated: May 10
When it comes to physical fitness, there is no doubt that movement is key. The human body was designed to move and if it does not it will lose its flexibility, strength and is much more prone to injuries.
Keeping it active while working on your general fitness will help you stay fit and healthy overtime which will allow you to make the most of your body.
The importance of movement for the human body
The human body is meant to move. Long time ago for us, and still now for some pleople, having a daily activity made of movement is a must. Hunting, getting water, there was a time in our society where moving was linked to survival.
In today's modern society, we tend to be less and less active every day due to the evolution of the way we get food but also the way we work. Lots of people are sat all day and do not move enough.
Exercising is a good way to balance this lack of movement. Walking, cycling but also weight lifting will add some movements in your days.
It is important to understand that movement does not only mean structured exercises. It can be dancing, running or even gardening. As long as your body is exploring different angles and positions that will be beneficial for you.
Exercise is also important for mental health. It is known that it reduces stress and anxiety and also improve self esteem.
If your body feel better your brain will feel better too.
The importance of developing all aspects of fitness
While movement is essential for physical health and mental health, working all aspects of fitness is essential for them too.
There are five main components of fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition and each of them has its importance.
Cardiovascular endurance (running, cycling, swimming) refers to the ability of the heart and lungs to supply oxygen to the muscles during exercise. Improving cardiovascular endurance will reduce the risk of heart diseases.
Muscular strength (improved by resistance training) refers to the ability of the muscles to generate force. Improving muscular strength can help to increase bone density, improve posture, and reduce the risk of injury.
Muscular endurance refers to the ability of the muscles to perform repetitive movements over an extended period of time. Improving it can help to increase stamina and reduce fatigue.
Flexibility (stretching or yoga) refers to the range of motion in the joints. Improving flexibility can help to reduce the risk of injury, improve posture, and increase mobility.
Body composition refers to the proportion of fat, muscle, bone and other tissues in the human body. Improving it can help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve overall health, and increase self-esteem.
In conclusion, movement is essential for the human body. Having a regular physical activity that will help you develop all the aspects of your fitness is important.
It can be structured as weight lifiting or running or even gardening. Anything that you love and can sustain on the long term will be beneficial.
Remember to move every day as much as you can, as our society pushes us to do less.
Your body and mind will thank you.