Aerobic Capacity and Muscular Strength

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What is fitness? “The state or condition of being physically sound and healthy, especially as the result of exercise and proper nutrition. (Dictionary, 2014)” Being physically fit is being able to do tasks that require lots of energy and still being able to do school or work related activities, and activities with friends and family as well. It is a basis for good health and well-being of a person. Fitness involves the heart, lungs, and muscles of the body to work together (Bangor Daily News, 2014). There are several components to improve for a person to get physically fit. Aerobic capacity and muscular strength/ endurance are two important healthy fitness components that will lead a person in the right direction to a healthier and longer life. Aerobic capacity is a how well the body uses air or oxygen during a workout or exercise. Exercises that require lots of high-energy improve aerobic capacity by strengthening the heart muscle and improving the function of the rest of the cardiorespiratory system. Several people want to improve personal aerobic capacity levels. Once a person improves their aerobic fitness level their risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type II diabetes, heart disease, and risk of obesity lower significantly. “The body undergoes multiple adaptations when continuously engaging in aerobic exercise. The heart, lungs, active muscles and circulatory system all undergo changes that are positive to your health. Popular forms of aerobic exercise include running, jogging, swimming, biking and circuit workouts. (Bradley, 2013)” Even though there are several ways to improve aerobic capacity, it really depends on the “FITT Principles.” The FITT Principles are frequency, intensity, type, and time of exercise se... ... middle of paper ... ...durance a person can decrease the risk of several health issues and also extend their lifespan. Works Cited "fitness." The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary. Houghton Mifflin Company. 28 Apr. 2014. . "Why Fitness Matters: Health and Fitness Tips Just for Girls." Bangor Daily News RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. Fryer, Wendy. "How to Increase Aerobic Fitness." LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.COM, 21 Oct. 2013. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. Bradley, Daniel. "Aerobic Exercise Adaptation." LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.COM, 30 Oct. 2013. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. Mantia, Patti. "Putting Muscle In Your Workout." American Fitness 14.3 (1996): 24. Health Source - Consumer Edition. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. Piercey, Naomi. "Add 4 Years to Your Life." Womenshealthmag.com. Womenshealthmag,com, 12 Nov. 2012. Web. 29 Apr. 2014.

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