Very often people judge health condition of other people merely by their appearance, their body weight and Body mass index (BMI). It’s so easy to see a thin slender person stuffing oneself with tons of simple carbohydrates and not bothering with regular physical activities.
Very often people judge health condition of other people merely by their appearance, their body weight and Body mass index (BMI). It’s so easy to see a thin slender person stuffing oneself with tons of simple carbohydrates and not bothering with regular physical activities.There is a widespread opinion that such people are lucky and do not have to eat healthy diet and exercise in gym to be in a good shape? Dr. Deborah Burnet, a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, explains that “BMI is just a preliminary screening tool. Higher BMI might be a sign of a higher health risk, but it’s not a health state”. And every single ‘obese’ athlete proves this statement. Let’s explore how we can measure physical fitness, apart from our BMI, or how fast we can run and how much eight we can lift. BREATHING The recent study of Brazilian physical therapists on breathing patterns in healthy subjects notes that breathing awareness, special breathing techniques positively affect different lung zones and stimulates blood and lymph flow, increases brain activity and overall efficiency. At the same time regular breathing exercises saturate blood with oxygen and help to reduce anxiety. This is an all-embracing tool for self regulation and health check. So if you get a little bit winded when climbing up, there is no reason to panic, this kind of physical activity without proper warmup is considered as difficult movement. But when you gasp for breath for no reason at all, it’s better to pay attention to this sign. Even if you are training hard in a gym, it’s always a good idea to visit yoga or special breathing class. RISK OF INJURY The article of the National Institutes of Health on attributes or components of fitness indicates that the more increased fitness level lowers the risk of injury. When people are more fit, they are able to perform a task “at a lower percentage of the maximum capability”, that literally means they can do it for longer time and with less efforts, be less tired in the end, recover faster, and have greater capacity for subsequent tasks. So if you want to be really healthier, and not only to ‘look healthy’, go to the gym and do special cardio exercises to increase your physical endurance. It’s definitely worth consulting with a qualified fitness coach and measuring starting rate of your endurance condition, and then check it in a few months – you’ll be positively surprised for sure! FLEXIBILITY Flexibility is a very important indicator of health condition; it shows the range of motion in a human’s joints. Usually people pay attention to flexibility, when they start facing specific problems with joints and to identify a problem your therapist may measure a range of movement capacity in a wrist, knee or shoulder joints. To keep your joints nimble and alive, move your body, exercise regularly and do regular stretching classes (yoga, pilates or stretching). Very often physical flexibility equals to mental flexibility. Be attentive and read the language of your body, it’s always wise and want to communicate with us, stay healthy and fit. If you want to live a long and happy life, training and good nutrition is not optional, that’s obligatory. And a few more top things you can do to stay fit and healthy:
- Quit smoking if you are a smoker;
- Follow balanced diet with enough complex carbs and right fats;
- Drink enough water;
- Move every day, make a ‘moving routine plan’ and follow it.