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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The Missing Component of Physical Fitness

by Mike Adams

Hiking along a rocky trail, two of the three friends carefully picked their way from rock to rock. But one leaped from rock to rock, bounding by the others like a gazelle running and leaping from rock to rock. Never missing his footing, the others wondered at his almost supernatural grace and skill. "How does he do that?" they thought.

When most people think of physical fitness, they think of strength and cardiovascular fitness. If they are really thinking about it, they'll add flexibility to the list.

But there's something few people think about when working out, a missing component of physical fitness. You can't get it just by lifting weights or running on a treadmill.

The missing component is agility.

Agility is what let my friend run rings around us, leaping from rock to rock along the Pedernales River in Texas. Agility is what you see in top athletes who make great skill look effortless.

I didn't understand that until years after the hike along the Pedernales River. Now, after doing martial arts for almost 30 years, I understand. When you watch someone who moves with grace and skill, you're seeing agility.

If you just do weights or cardio, you're not going to develop agility. If you want agility, you have to move, and you have to adapt on the fly to changing (and often intense) situations.

Some sports and fitness activities promote agility more than others.

For me, WingTsun Kung Fu gave me agility. I have to be able to adapt to what an opponent is doing quickly and perfectly. I have to seize the advantage, gain and maintain dynamic control. I have to stay balanced and graceful even while moving rapidly and adjusting to the changing dynamics of sparring.

Many other sports, like basketball and tennis, really develop agility as well.

You'll be amazed at the difference increased agility will make in feeling physically fit. So don't just lift weights and do cardio - get out there and do something to increase your agility as well. Agility will give you the ability to actually do something with all of the physical fitness you've been developing.

Why Fitness Equipment Must Be A Vital Part Of Your Health

by Paul Johnson

Fitness equipment is playing a vital role in the National Health Campaign. A successful nation needs healthy citizens. It is no secret that the sedentary lifestyle has taken a heavy toll on the health of citizens.

Many citizens who could not manage daily walking or jogging schedules have found the secret of health in exercise machines and fitness equipment.

Thousands of companies are contributing to the National Health Campaign by producing affordable fitness equipment that the people can use to stay healthy and keep fit.

Necessity of Fitness Equipment

Some good reasons for maintaining a healthy body are to avoid doctors and medical bills, be active on the work, looking smart and achieving success in life. Fitness equipment can help in your drive to remain healthy. Gone are the days when you had to go to the gym or buy expensive equipment for different workouts.

The fitness equipment industry has underwent a tremendous change and now you can have a handy exerciser that can let you exercise conveniently at any time or any place andabove all in any weather.

Various types of fitness equipment are available in market. Exercise bikes, exercise balls, Ab Exerciser, Sit-up machine are not only cheap but also easy to use. The new generation fitness equipments are light, portable, trendy and occupy a small space.

You can keep them at home, in your office or in your car and maintain a regular exercise schedule despite of your busy lifestyle and occupation. Some of them can be carried in your briefcase if you are a frequent traveler and help you to maintain an uninterrupted exercise schedule.

The new generation exercise equipments are cheap and affordable. You need not purchase different equipment for working out different muscle groups. Most of the exercise machines available in the market are sufficient to provide a workout for all the muscle groups with minimal effort and exertion.

Fitness Equipment Alone Wont Work

Merely purchasing the fitness equipment is not going to keep you in good health. To stay slim and healthy, you will need to do regular and consistent exercise with the fitness equipment.

You must set a daily target for workout if you are looking for fast as well as long-term results. Make a small notebook to maintain a record of your daily exercise and experiences.

Write some healthy quotes in it and make it a habit to read it daily.

Alternatively, you can paste the pictures of your ideal figure in your journal pad to keep you motivated. This will help you in coming back to the fitness equipment on a regular basis and maintaining a fit and trim figure.

About the Author:

Paul Johnson works as a software developer, often working long hours under great stress. He considers exercise crucial to his health. When purchasing his own fitness equipment he researched all available products. Now he's written a series of useful articles on choosing (and using) exercise equipment.

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