Physical Fitness and You

"Fit as a fiddle and in tune." This well-worn phrase has repeatedly been employed to describe someone who is in excellent health. Quite often, however, it is just an expression and does not always reflect an individual's actual health. Undoubtedly, all of us would like to enjoy the type of health intended by the expression. So, what can we do to be, "fit as a fiddle and in tune?"

Professionals in virtually every field tout the benefits of good physical fitness. Opinions vary widely as to how to achieve it. Some stress weightlifting as a means to maintain muscle mass and bone health. Others fear that weightlifting may exert too much stress on the muscles and have a negative impact on overall physical fitness. Team sports are frequently encouraged as means to maintain good physical health and at the same time enjoy healthy social interaction. Swimming has often been emphasized as a moderate means of keeping the body and its muscles adequately toned. More energetic sports, such as racquetball, are said by some to provide a good aerobic boost for the body, and thus contribute greatly to one's overall physical well-being. Jogging and running are two of the simplest and most economical means of having a regular routine of physical activity.

At the same time, some fear that running, especially long-distance running, may exert too much stress on the heart, or cause injury to the knees, ankles, or feet. With all the negatives and positives of various forms of physical exertion, what should one do? Since virtually everyone agrees that there are many benefits to maintaining physical fitness, the solution would lie in taking a balanced, moderate approach to exercise, and make sure that it is tailor-made for you.

That is why this article is entitled "Physical Fitness and You." There is no other human on the planet quite like you. So, when it comes to exercise, there can never be a "one size fits all" approach. Many experts recommend getting advice from your doctor before you embark upon any regular routine of physical exertion, especially if you are over a certain age. Others suggest hiring a personal trainer, who can assist you with exactly what you need to become physically well-fit, as well as how to achieve it. Regardless of how you decide to approach it, always remember that physical fitness is a personal matter. Along with diet and proper rest, physical exercise is a primary component of good health.

As in most things that are good for you, practice moderation. Find a program that works well for you. Of all the endeavors you pursue, this is one that should involve a high level of customization-just for you. Whether you decide to get professional assistance or advice or not, do your homework. Research the alternatives and the benefits, as well as the risks and dangers. Then, put your knowledge to use. Then, with assurance, when your are questioned about your health, you can confidently say, "I'm fit as a fiddle and in tune!"

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