Adopting the philosophy that fitness is a way of life, its easy to recognise the benefits and complexity of not only what it is, but more importantly understanding the cornerstones that allows fitness to change and transform our lives.
Fitness is all about feeling good, being healthy, having the right mindset and increasing your range of motions to allow you to perform better in life, both physically, mentally and emotionally. To gain all these benefits we encourage to train in the three pillars of exercise.
Cardiovascular training, exercises that boost your heart rate, working your respiratory system and increases your circulation. Exercise in general will aid all of our movements and enjoyment in every day life but cardio will aid your movement and enjoyment in your mind, body and soul. Cardio dramatically increases your V02 max, meaning you can work at higher levels of intensity for longer as well as working harder in lower intensity training to get the most out of each session. Boosting your metabolism reduces the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, boosting heart function and improving cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Strength training, also known as weight or resistance training is a great way to supplement your gains to achieve better health through nutrition, as it increases muscle tone, boots stamina, enhances mobility and balance and improves posture. When using and lifting weights in a full range of motion it actually increases flexibility by fundamentally stretching and lengthening the muscle fibres in the body. The longer the fibres are the more you can increase the muscle in size when strength training, gaining the foundations for bigger and stronger muscles.
Flexibility training and engaging in stretching is essential for muscle recovery, pain management, improving circulation, better posture and increasing your overall range of motion. When muscles are tight, performing every day activities can be more difficult making us prone to more injuries.
It seems the better we get at working at one thing, the better we get at another. The body is one total unit working best when we are training everything not just one particular section.
Addressing all three pillars of exercise will improve our overall fitness health.