Not six-pack abs or an hourglass figure: 6 parameters of fitness you did not know about

The ability to maximize the range of motion of any joint without resistance or discomfort is flexibility | Photo credit: Pixabay

Key highlights

  • Good endurance refers to a person’s ability to hold out for long periods of time
  • Muscle strength plays a key role when it comes to fitness
  • Good posture reduces the long-term risk of arthritis, osteoporosis, and sore throats

New Delhi: Believe it or not, we live in a superficial world – a world where happy pictures represent satisfaction and six pack abs and hourglass figures represent fitness. Yes, millennials now believe that to run the fitness cart, one needs to build the perfect biceps, have a lean physique, and have a sharp jawline. What we don’t know, however, is that fitness goes beyond having the perfect physique. Nutritionists and trainers are now focusing on a more holistic approach to wellbeing – one that focuses on both mental and physical wellbeing, rather than just the body.

At a time when fitness is paramount due to the pandemic, take a look at the 6 most important parameters of fitness.

  1. Stamina: Endurance refers to your strength and energy that enables you to sustain a physical activity – the number and number of repetitions of a given exercise or activity that you can do at once without feeling tired. Good stamina refers to a person’s ability to maintain the same thing over long periods of time. If you can’t do the activity for long, work on increasing your endurance.
  2. Flexibility: Flexibility is another important parameter of fitness. The ability to maximize the range of motion of any joint without resistance or discomfort is flexibility. For example, how far you can comfortably bend while doing lunges is a great way to test flexibility. If the body is too stiff to begin with, yoga can help improve flexibility over time.
  3. Speed: Your speed may dictate the pace on a fitness basis. When you go for a run, your speed also determines how fit you are and your ability to keep it up for a long period of time.
  4. Strength: Muscle strength plays a key role when it comes to fitness. The inability to lift or move heavy objects may not indicate physical fitness. However, working overtime with proper exercise and resistance training can improve physical strength.
  5. Balance: Balance defines the body’s ability to prevent falls during a given exercise and to maintain its center of gravity for support. Balance is a parameter of core strength and good posture.
  6. Attitude: Posture says a lot about our personality, determines body language and is also an important fitness parameter. Swallowing, locking the knees, rounding the shoulders, and bending the trunk forward are all signs of an unhealthy posture. Good posture reduces the long-term risk of arthritis, osteoporosis, and sore throats.

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in this article are for general information only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or nutritionist before starting any fitness program or changing your diet.

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