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What does it mean to be fit?... How can I get in shape?... Will aerobic exercise get me fit?... Will Yoga get me in shape?... This can be some of the questions you probably have asked yourself once or twice. Fortunately for us, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) have  developed national standards for physical training to assist us in answering our concerns.

11 COMPONENTS OF PHYSICAL FITNESS​​

 We all have different physiques and different fitness goals. While some people want to lose weight and tone up their body, others exercise because their medical doctor recommended it to keep their blood pressure under control. ​Whatever our individual goals might be, whether we are athletes or not, the following physical components affect our quality of life and health, and it is essential to incorporate all of them into our fitness program. 

HEALTH RELATED COMPONENTS


​There are five primary components that are considered essential in improving physical health. 

  1. Body Composition: The relative percentage of body fat compared to lean body mass (muscle, bone, water, etc).
  2. Cardiovascular fitness:The ability of the circulatory system (heart and blood vessels) to supply oxygen to working muscles during exercise.
  3. Flexibility: The range of movement possible at various joints.
  4. Muscular strength:The amount of force that can be produced by a single contraction of a muscle.
  5. Muscular endurance: The ability of a muscle group to continue muscle movement over a length of time.​​

SKILL RELATED COMPONENTS


These are the basic components of any sport conditioning program. They are referred to as secondary components of fitness. 

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  1. Speed: The ability to move quickly from one point to another in a straight line.

  2. Agility: The ability of the body to change direction quickly.
  3. Balance: The ability to maintain an upright posture while standing still or moving.
  4. Coordination: Integration with hand and/or foot movements with the input of the senses.
  5. Reaction Time: Amount of time it takes to get moving.
  6. Power: The ability to do strength work at an explosive pace.

Health Related Components:

  1. Body Composition
  2. ​Cardiovascular fitness
  3. Flexibility
  4. Muscular strength
  5. Muscular endurance
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​“What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old, without even seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable"      
 ~Socrates. 

​​Skill Related Components:

  1. Speed
  2. Agility
  3. Balance
  4. Coordination
  5. Reaction Time
  6. Power
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