What is fitness?
The Oxford English dictionary offers a couple of definitions (and people who do CrossFit will offer others):
- an organism’s ability to survive (and reproduce) in a particular environment
- the quality of being suitable to fulfil a particular role or task
Consider the ability to survive in a particular environment (I’ll be honest; I don’t want to tackle the reproductive side of things). We evolved as hunter gatherers, and now live in an environment (physical, political and social) where the link between food and movement no longer exists.
21st century man fills his dinner plate by acquiring money through employment (or student allowance), and then purchasing food. Acquiring money is for most people, sedentary (or much lower movement levels than our ancestors traded for food). Movement for survival (‘fitness’) in our modern environment is largely unnecessary.
- Sedentary existence predisposes us to obesity, hypertension, the metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and most types of cardiovascular disease.
- Regular movement decreases the risks of developing all these diseases.
Our Paleolithic ancestors exerted themselves daily to secure their food, water, and protection.
You can improve your health through movement in these five areas: Live, Move, Exercise, Play + Rest
At every opportunity choose a way to do live with movement rather than technology; cook your own meals, wash the dishes by hand, fire the cleaner and gardener and do the work yourself.
Move as much as possible with active transport or in your day to day living. Accumulating 10 minute chunks of moderate intensity activity is enough to make a difference.
Exercise (which is where BPM Fitness comes in)
Every week, incorporate the following:
Aerobic and anaerobic movements.
Jog, run or swim; at least four days a week, for 45 minutes of more. Use interval training and sprinting to work the entire spectrum of your cardiovascular health. Either get your heart rate zones tested or use George’s recommendations.
Lift something heavy two to three times a week.
Karl’s top five exercises are a good place to start.
Incorporate some agility type movements a couple times a week.
Find some fun, enjoyable activities to do one or two times a week as a group. It could be indoor netball or soccer? Anything movement related in a team. Depending on the intensity, you could count it as one of your exercise sessions.
Remember to take some down time too. Either as active recovery, using foam rollers or just plain old R+R. Balance the work and play with rest.
As for the other definition of fitness; being suitable to fulfil a particular role or task, this is where we can really help. But first, you need a goal. If you know what you want, but aren’t sure how to get there, drop by and have a chat with us.