Fitness is one of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy weight and an active lifestyle. Physical fitness includes all aspects of life from sleeping soundly to playing sports and enjoying leisure time. Proper fitness will improve overall health and can reduce the risk of many health problems such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. For some people, proper fitness level and activity level are even more important than a good diet. As a matter of fact, fitness is often considered a lifestyle choice.
Aerobic fitness is physical activity of high to low intensity, which relies primarily on the cardiovascular energy-generating system. VO2 Max is the maximum amount of oxygen that the body can tolerate and is usually measured through the maximum amount of time a person can remain underwater after completing moderate swimming. “Aerobics” is the field of study that focuses on improving fitness and health by optimizing the use of aerobic and anaerobic capacity, with a particular emphasis on improving cardiovascular fitness.
One of the best ways to get started is through cardio exercise. There are basically two types: cardio and anaerobic. Cardio exercises require large muscle groups to generate high force via the heart, lungs, and legs. This style of workout is ideal for athletes, for the heart, lungs, and for the conditioning of the cardiovascular system. Cardiovascular aerobic exercises burn a lot of calories and build a lot of lean muscle mass and endurance. These types of cardio exercises are ideally done before other activities such as weight training.
Anaerobic cardiovascular fitness is similar to cardio in that it requires large muscle groups to work against the resistance offered by the heart. However, this style of workout produces short bursts of potentially harmful carbon dioxide that should be avoided at all costs. The best workouts for anaerobic fitness build stamina, lean muscle mass, and ultimately, cardiovascular fitness. Most people focus on building muscle power during weight training to achieve their goals, but they do not realize that the best workouts for cardiovascular fitness are done when muscles are at rest.
Lifting weights and/or body weight is great for increasing muscle size and overall fitness. It also increases your resting metabolic rate, which will boost your metabolic rate after you finish lifting weights or performing body weight exercises. This is one of the most important factors in determining your overall body composition. When you lift weights and body weight you are using vast majority of your skeletal muscles and more specifically your lower body. This is why it is so important to perform strength training exercises that target smaller muscles.
When you perform strength-training exercises and aerobic exercises you increase the number of oxygen-sensitive fibers (oxygen-sensitive fibers are fibers that can absorb oxygen) in your muscles and your body fat. When you get fitter, your body burns more calories than it did before you started your strength training exercise and aerobic exercise routine. So as you can see, your overall fitness and health can improve by adding a cardio exercise routine such as walking, jogging, running, or cycling on your weekly fitness regime. Your overall fitness and health will get fitter faster, making it easier to keep up with the demands of your daily life.