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Physical Fitness and Physical Activity

12 July 2021

This weekend is going to see most of the Nation glued to our TVs watching England bidding for their first major tournament in 55 years, the excitement of the Tour De France and the Wimbledon Tennis Finals.  Big sporting events generally encourage people to engage in fitness.

A few related facts:

During Wimbledon court bookings go up by 30%

Approximately 7.5 million people in Britain partake in cycling

26.3 million watched England vs Denmark Euro 2020

Enjoy the Sport this weekend but when it gets to Monday it would be good to get back to your fitness regime, as being physically active is one of the most important things a person could do to improve their physical and mental health.

Evidence shows that physical fitness is associated with a range of both immediate and long term benefits, including:

  • Improved mental health
  • Better sleep pattern
  • Healthier weight
  • Lower risk of developing a chronic disease

But what is the difference between “Physical activity” and “Physical fitness”

Physical activity is the use of energy through body movement such as activities of daily living (ADLs) like walking, climbing the stairs, washing, dressing etc.

Physical Fitness is more structured and controlled and is performed with a goal to improve health.  Working your heart, lungs, and circulatory system to maintain health and improve your overall fitness.

Types of fitness include but are not limited to:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Resistance training
  • Circuits/Bootcamps

Both Physical Activity and Physical Fitness are beneficial to health however there are certainly more benefits to be gained from partaking in a fitness regime including:

  • improved ability of being able to perform ADLs
  • reduced risk of a heart attack.
  • improved weight management
  • have a lower blood cholesterol level.
  • lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • lower blood pressure.
  • stronger bones, muscles and joints
  • improved balance/coordination
  • Improved mental health.

Above are a few examples of the benefits of exercise, whatever your age being physically active is hugely beneficial.

By joining a couple of my Bootcamps or HIIT sessions each week will incorporate a combination of cardio, muscular strength/endurance and flexibility into your weekly routine improving your overall fitness and wellbeing.

WaynePT

Mens Sana In Corpore Sano

A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body

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