Goodbye Health and Fitness Month:  Make it Last All Year!

Goodbye Health and Fitness Month: Make it Last All Year!

By Andrea D’Amore While maybe the timing would have been better if had we posted this at the beginning of June (oops!), I didn’t want June to sneak totally past us without mentioning National Health and Fitness Month. The spirit of which, maintaining physical fitness, can be practiced all year round. Physical fitness consists of several components such as proper body composition, muscular strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance and flexibility, and it is achieved through an active lifestyle and healthy, nutrient dense diet. Proper body composition consists of having a healthy fat to lean mass ratio and is very indicative of your diet. Too much body fat is hard on the joints, the heart and other organs with abdominal belly fat being, by far, the most dangerous. Central obesity, as it is called when the waist measurement exceeds 35 inches for women and 38 inches for men, raises your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain cancers. It is ideal for men to maintain a total body fat under 20% and women under 30%, otherwise you are putting a lot of extra stress on the body and predisposing yourself to different lifestyle related diseases. Another component of physical fitness is having muscular strength and endurance. Strength refers to the ability of a muscle or group of muscles to exert a maximal effort, while endurance refers to the ability to perform a motion continuously without fatiguing. Building muscle, or lean mass, is achieved through resistance training and is essential for the stability of our spine and other joints, maintaining good posture and the ability to remain active as we age and...