Enlightened Mommas' Workouts
Move ~ Breathe ~ Stretch ~ Contract
We don't think we need to convince you of the importance of being physically fit. We bet you already know that exercise is good for you and your family. Maybe you are an avid fitness enthusiast and are simply looking for some new inspiration or to change up your workout or possibly you have never worked out before in your life or maybe you fall somewhere in between the two extremes of the bell curve. Enlightened Mommas is here to provide some fun resources and practical tips that will help you to stay fit and live a long healthy life.
One of the greatest challenges all Moms face, is finding the time and energy to excercise. We all know how exhausting it can be simply keeping up with the kids, getting them from point A to point B and back again, and then taking care of all of your other responsibilities. For now, let's not even talk about all of the emotional ups and downs that are a natural phase of raising these precious human beings. If you are feeling a little bit tired or unmotivated to push yourself at the gym, we get it! We hope our posts will plant some seeds and then we want to hear from you so we can hear about your fitness adventures.
If you are not currently exercising, take some time to reflect on your reality by acknowledging what challenges and/or road-blocks are keeping you from participating in a regular fitness routine. And if you are already on a program, we want to keep you inspired and motivated to stick with it.
Let's talk Basic Fitness 101
When you exercise on a regular basis you will improve your stamina and increase your energy level so the challenges of taking care of other little humans don't leave you feeling so wiped out at the end of the day. And with consistent effort and commitment to your health you will have more energy available to do all of the things that you love.
1. The state or condition of being fit; suitability or appropriateness.
2. Good health, especially good physical condition resulting from exercise and proper nutrition.
The Five main components of fitness are:
Muscular endurance This is the ability of a muscle, or a group of muscles, to sustain repeated contractions or to continue applying force against a fixed object. For a fitness assessment of your muscular endurance, you can do push-ups on your fitness mats. The more push-ups you can do, the fitter you are.
This is the muscle's ability to exert force for a brief span of time. You can measure physical fitness components, like this, by lifting weights.
Flexibility This is the ability to move joints and use muscles through their full range of motion. This should be performed before and after each workout. By performing a simple motion and observing how far you can go, you can assess the flexibility of each part of your body. The sit-and-reach test is a good measure of flexibility of the Lower Back and Backs of the Upper Legs.
Body composition This Fitness Component is the ratio of lean body mass to fat. Lean body mass represents the weight of water, muscle, bone and internal organs. Body fat represents the remaining fat tissue and is expressed as a percentage of total body weight. Because muscle weighs more than fat, it is important to measure your body composition rather than your body weight when you Evaluate Your Fitness Level. Body composition can be measured through the Body Mass Index or BMI. If you are using body composition to measure your fitness goals, it is important that you use the same body fat measurement technique.
The ability of the body's circulatory and respiratory systems to remove wastes and to supply oxygen and nutrients to the body during sustained physical activity.
MEASUREMENT OF HEART AND LUNG HEALTH
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