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  • Writer's pictureTerri L. Miles

Fitness (Physical)

Updated: Jul 26, 2021

By Merriam-Webster’s definition, Fitness is the quality or state of being fit. It further defines the word fit as being suitable to the environment so as to be capable of surviving. It also further states that fit means being sound physically and mentally, in simple terms be healthy.

Notice that the Merriam-Webster’s definition of fitness includes both physical and mental. Yes, this is exactly what AYRUGA™ is all about. I view fitness from a holistic viewpoint. If you are a visual learner, then think of fitness as a row boat with two oars. One oar will be working on the physical aspect of your life while the other oar will be working on the mental aspect of your life.

For this blog, I am only going to focus on the physical aspect of fitness. (Note: Please see my blog post on mental fitness.) In the fitness industry, physical fitness can be viewed as a 3-legged stool. With each leg represented by:

• Cardio

• Weight Training,

• Flexibility and Balance

Studies have shown that among people who exercise, the majority understand the need for cardio activity because it strengthens the heart. The next group understands the need for weight training which is associated with strengthening of the muscles and increasing bone density. The most neglected of the 3-legged stool is Flexibility and Balance. However, with the increase of Yoga classes both in the gyms and appearance of yoga studios, this “neglect” is slowly being corrected.

So, from a 3-legged stool standpoint, what do I recommend for physical fitness? I recommend that a person work on:

• cardio, twice a week,

• Weight Training, twice a week,

• Flexibility and Balance, twice a week

Remember, it is always best to incorporate a “‘day-off” to allow your body to recuperate and rest. Studies have shown that muscles need to recover at least 24 hours and thus it is recommended that a person not work on the same muscle group on consecutive days.

With the above guidance, you have the freedom to set-up your fitness schedule.

Terri Miles holds several yoga certifications and registrations, including:

E-RYT 200, E-RYT 500, RCYT and YCEP

Learn more about Terri's training and certifications.

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