When I was going through school in the early 90's studying for a bachelor's degree in exercise science; the major health-fitness/”>fitness components were outlined as the following:
- Cardiovascular health-fitness/”>fitness
- Muscle strength
- Muscle endurance
- Body composition
- Mental well being
With all the attention that core stability and strength has gotten, I think it is time to revisit the major health-fitness/”>fitness components. Core stability and strength have proven to be vital to low back health, good posture and overall total body health-fitness/”>fitness. The government has updated the food pyramid. It is time to change the components of health-fitness/”>fitness. The revised version should resemble the following:
- Posture- ability to stand erect in a mechanically favorably position from head to toe.
- Core stability- The ability to maintain a mechanically favorable position from head to toe, for an extended amount of time.
- Core Strength – The ability of core muscles (muscles responsible for good posture) to get involved in daily activities.
- Body composition – A healthy percentage of lean body weight to non lean body weight according to the guidelines set by the ACSM.
- Total body strength – The body's ability to perform daily tasks, and to be able to react to unforeseen emergencies without causing injury.
- Cardiovascular health-fitness/”>fitness – The ability of the heart, lungs and whole cardiovascular system to function during daily living, self induced stresses such as exercise, and unexpected stresses such as emergencies.
- Flexibility – The ability to move a joint or joints despite their full range of motion.
- Nutrition – Meeting and discussing your body's particular needs for nutrition with an expert is the best course of action to maximize the health benefits.
- Mental well being – The state of cognitive or emotional well being. Without mental disorder.
Life as we know it has changed in the 15-20 years. If you think back to how important health and health-fitness/”>fitness was back in 1990 compared to today, it is night and day. I graduated high school in 1990 and do not remember much emphasis on health and health-fitness/”>fitness for adults, or for any age group. Today, we have reality TV shows, online programs, TV video exercise games (WIIfit) and so many different health-fitness/”>fitness and diet trends no one can possibly name them all. Society changes, so should the guidelines we've created to follow.
Source by Gregg Smith