The True Value of Fitness
Often I hear people at the gym talking about their fitness programs, goals, setbacks, and how difficult it is for them to accomplish what they want from their training. Ninety percent of the discouragement and loss of interest in exercising is due to the lack of knowledge and orientation most participants have when starting a fitness program.
For many people, fitness refers to muscle development and toning; essentially their whole focus is resistance training (weight training). For some others, their focus is just on cardiovascular training-endless hours on a piece of cardio at the gym or outdoors. Rarely do you hear people interested in improving their flexibility and attaining an ache-free life.
The truth is that you must expand the prism of fitness a little bit; that is you may find in other variables an easier route to your goals . For example , throwing in a few push ups on a bosu ball after a heavy set of bench presses can help you make big gains on the men’s favorite exercise (bench press). Or adding a few uphill sprints in the middle of your steady pace run on the treadmill may improve your 10 k time. How about doing a recovering set of shoulder mobility drills after a set of dips to increase your muscular endurance while doing them?
Fitness is a multi-dimensional discipline. It has a little bit of everything and should be addressed and practiced in a multidisciplinary way in order for you to make serious gains and improvement.
Fitness speaks three languages: strength, flexibility, and endurance. Be creative, and more importantly, don’t be shy to ask someone if there is something you don’t know. There is no shame in doing that !