Being fit doesn’t necessarily mean you work out at the gym every day or that you are fanatic about fitness. Being physically fit means that you are exercising regularly and following a healthy, balanced diet, which has led to you being in good physical health.
Fitness is an achievable goal for most of us, although it can be hard to quantify, and definitions of exactly what you need to be able to do to be fit vary greatly. Having a healthy BMI or being active, for example, does not always mean that you are fit. You may be unfit if you:
This is because fitness includes:
There are many ways to improve your general fitness but a good place to start is by increasing the amount of physical activity you do.
You might need to complement your chosen activity with other exercises to work on the different aspects of fitness. For example, if you are cycling, which can improve strength, cardiovascular and muscle endurance, as well as toning your body, you might want to consider doing another activity that improves your flexibility. This could mean going to yoga once a week, or just doing some stretches at home. You can even make stretching part of your cycling workout by stretching before and after you cycle.
Another part of being fit is providing your body with the nutrition it needs. This can help you feel better and have more energy and mean you are more inclined to exercise. Likewise, being more physically active often means you are more likely to make healthier food choices.
A healthy, balanced diet contains a mix of nutrients, and your diet can be tailored to your particular workout, such as ensuring you eat the right foods when walking, for example.