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fitness 101

My son told me that he hired a personal trainer at the gym he joined. He couldn’t have made me happier unless he told me he’d taken up knitting. He was telling me about it and asking me some questions, and it got me to thinking, “what are some of the basics it would be good to know?” Fitness is a larger topic than any of my other hobbies, as it is an umbrella term that covers so much. To be fit is to combine exercise and eating in a way to promote maximum health. How you do that is as varied as people are. I don’t think I’ll have time to cover too much this morning, but here are some basic starters.
1 Exercise- There are two basic types. Cardiovascular and strength. Cardio, for short, is any form of exercise that you do to raise you heart rate and breathing and keep it up there for an extended period of time. Running, walking, skiing, hiking, swimming and many others fall in this catagory.
Strength is any exercise you do to strengthen your muscles- weight lifting is the obvious example, but nowadays, there are many types of strength and “resistance” programs. They call them “resistance”, as you are not necessarily using weights, you may use bands, weighted balls, the swiss ball, your own body weight, or other devices to get the resistance to your muscles.
You can also combine strength and cardio into what they are calling “metabolic” exercises. Many people currently believe this is the best way to lose weight. This is doing light to medium weighted exercises fast, so you sweat and huff and puff.
People have three major reasons to exercise: to lose weight, to get stronger and hypertrophy- gaining muscle mass. If you want to lose weight or gain strength, you need a combination of cardio and strength training. If you want big muscles, that is an entire field unto itself, but that is strength training, in a specialized way.
Well, that’s all I have time for today. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll cover terms that get thrown around without explanation, and maybe some more nutrition.

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