Physical fitness

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The notion of physical fitness is used in two close meanings.

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General fitness

In a more general meaning, physical fitness is a general state of good somatic health and abilities.

A handicapped person may nevertheless be physically fit. Fitness helps them to compensate disability.

Physical fitness is usually a result of regular physical activity, e.g., physical exercise, and proper nutrition.

Cardio is a type of fitness designed to improve cardiovascular strength.

Task-oriented fitness

A person may be said to be physically fit to perform a particular task with a reasonable efficiency, for example, fit for military service.

Military-style

In recent years, Military-style fitness training programs has become increasingly popular among civilians. Courses are available all over the US and Europe.

They are usually taught by ex-military personnel. Very often the instructors held highly regarded positions within various military organizations. Often times the instructors were formerly Drill instructors, Special Forces Operatives or held otherwise distinguished positions.

These courses always have some common elements. They often focus on military style calisthenics and group runs. The courses are often held very early in the morning and will meet in almost any weather. Students can expect push-ups, sit-ups, pullups, and jumping jacks, as well as more obscure drills such as flutter kicks, sun worshippers and flares. Almost invariably a workout will include short runs while longer runs are more scheduled.

Notable fitness instructors

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External links

  • Exercise and Physical Fitness (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/exerciseandphysicalfitness.html) - from MedlinePlus
  • National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF) (http://www.physicalfitness.org/) a non-profit organization that exists to improve the quality of life for individuals in the United States through the promotion of physical fitness, sports and healthy lifestyles and by the fostering and supporting of Governor?s and State Councils on physical fitness and sports in every state and U.S. territory. Sponsor of National Employee Health and Fitness.
  • The BSA Physical Fitness Award (http://www.scouting.org/pubs/19-327/index.html) Boy Scouts of America - A Program of Emphasis for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Leaders
  • Physical Fitness (http://www.geocities.com/~pack215/aands-physical-fitness.html) - Cub Scout Academics & Sports Guide
  • Fitness Blogs (http://www.VirtuaTrainer.com) - Fitness Blogs are becoming more and more common as people seek semi-anonymous peer-pressure to both become fit and improve their fitness level.
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