• Good range-of-motion is part of good physical fitness
    FAQs,  Fitness tips

    Physical fitness explained in simple terms

    Ever wonder exactly what we mean when we say “fitness”? Let’s take a moment to look at physical fitness the term most often used when considering exercise and physical activity. Physical fitness Physical fitness is a person’s ability to perform activities while taking into account several body systems working together. Being more “fit” allows you to do things with less effort. 11 parts – 6 health-related, 5 skill-related Physical fitness can be broken down into two broad categories. Health and skills. The health-related parts of physical fitness include: cardiorespiratory endurance (the fitness of your heart and lungs) muscular strength (the fitness of your muscles in regards to strength) muscular endurance…

  • Aerobic fitness can reduce heart failure
    Exercise,  Fitness tips,  Health

    Aerobic capacity lowers risk for heart failure

    Aerobic activity, the ability of the heart, vascular network, and lungs to perform work, is important for good health. Good aerobic fitness (aerobic capacity) is linked with a lower risk of heart disease, various forms of cancer, lower rates of metabolic disorders, better mental health, lower odds of premature death from all-cause and specific diseases. Now a meta-analysis (analysis looking at many studies) has shown that higher levels of aerobic fitness are associated with a lower risk for heart failure. Heart failure Heart failure is a major health concern and can affect people who have had a heart attack (myocardial infarction) or have hypertension which is uncontrolled and other disorders.…

  • Can weight training help with weight loss?
    Exercise,  Fitness tips

    Can weight training help with weight loss?

    Exercise is an important part of any weight management paradigm. Aerobic exercise should be prescribed for every person attempting to lose weight and a resistance training program used to support metabolism. Weight loss via dietary restriction alone negatively impacts metabolism. Hypometabolism increases with caloric deficient diets beyond what would be expected from the loss of fat free mass (FFM). This state of hypometabolism causes energy conservation which makes dietary restriction less efficient over time. In a calorie reduced diet, when an individual reaches about 10% weight loss, total energy expenditure (TEE) decreases beyond what could be expected due to deceases in FFM. This reflects the body becoming increasingly energy conserving…