Let us suppose you have a slim-n-trim physique with not an extra inch of fat anywhere, would you hit the gym everyday or at least occasionally? If this question was asked to a group of people then the majority of the answers would have been ‘No’, not because they are too lazy to hit the gym but because they feel that it is not required. Sadly, there is a common misconception that gym and exercise are only meant for obese or overweight people and that those who are lean and fit do not need to exercise. Well, physical fitness is a must for everyone, irrespective of their age, body shape and weight.
Physical fitness can be defined as a general state of proper physical health of an individual. So how can one obtain or maintain physical fitness? The answer lies in a combination of wholesome diet, physical activity and adequate rest for physical recovery. To put it in simple words, physical fitness to humans is what fine-tuning is to a motor engine. Enjoying a high level of physical fitness implies you will be able to perform at your optimum level. Physical fitness is not all about weight because even a fat person can be fit as compared to a lean person.
When you are physically fit, you would be able to outdo others who are not as fit. Most people are intimidated about getting fit because they are under the impression that in order to become fit, one has to lift heavy weights, spend hours in gym everyday and engage in rigorous workout sessions. This is definitely not true – in order to be fit, you only have to engage in simple exercises everyday. Remember, consistency is the key to proper fitness. You don’t have to spend hours working out everyday. Even if it is a ten-minute workout, it would be more effective if you are doing it on a regular basis.
A high level of fitness would bring about an improvement to your mental state in terms of balance and you will feel satisfied in general. This is because working out releases endorphins, which are responsible for boosting the mood of an individual. So, by physically working out your body, you will have better mental alertness and your emotions would also be under control. Physical fitness promotes flexibility in muscles and joints as well, thus they would be able to move to their full range of motion easily and smoothly. It can be said in conclusion that staying fit is the key to living a happy life.