Every great recipe has specific ingredients that are important to making it right. The same holds true with fitness. There are 5 very important ingredients that make up the recipe for health: muscle strength, muscle endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and body composition. Every one of these ingredients is crucial to maintaining a healthy, fit body. Leaving one of these ingredients out would be like making lasagna without the pasta!
Why are all these ingredients so important? Let’s take a look:
Muscle strength gives us the ability to lift objects such as boxes, groceries and children. It also enables us to respond and move quickly to situations such as a runaway grocery cart.
Muscle endurance improves your ability to move and do daily activities for longer periods of time without feeling tired or fatigued.
Cardiovascular endurance allows us to walk for long distances, go up a flight of stairs or take the dog for a walk without feeling breathless.
Flexibility improves our posture and also reduces our risk of potential injuries.
Body Composition is the ratio of body fat to lean muscle mass. This is very important to our over all health, but also to how we look and feel about ourselves.
How do you incorporate all of these ingredients into our fitness routine? Cross train! Adding variety to your workouts will enable you the ability to hit all of the 5 fitness groups, improve your results AND fight boredom. Don’t get stuck doing the same thing every week. Lift, run, climb, walk and stretch, and remember that “variety is the spice of life!”
Please Note: Always consult a physician before beginning any exercise program.