Nowadays every one wants be fit. Lot of exercise areas have come up and fitness has become a muliti billion dollar industry. Calorie Count, BMI index, Fat count have all become the norm for a fit day. But the question is are all the People who do rigourous exercise, have 32 inch bicep and can run a marathon under 4 hours really fit. In their quest to be fit, all fitness enthusiasts especially the late bloomers ( 40 years and above) end up injured trying to do too much, too soon. They take help of instructors who are as Egoistic to show their regimen is working to loose fat and gain muscle , just like the student who is also in a hurry to do the same.
Take Cross fit for example. Cross fit has been the latest boom in the fitness industry. A movement which started in 2000 , the normal workout schedule contains of 30 minutes of high intensity workouts. A recent study published by a trio of researchers from Britain says that out 132 Cross Fit Enthusiasts interviewed 70 percent sustained injuries while training and few even needed surgery. Most of the injuries involved Shoulder and Spine as lot of workouts involve Lifting weights and pull ups.
Another fad nowadays is long distance running. Although this form of exercise is considered a excellent cardio workout, too Much of it can lead to premature aging of heart muscles and increase in irregular heart beat. So more running or more cardio is certainly not good for the heart. In fact you start suffering from Chronic Exercise syndrome which is a feeling of dissatisfaction if one does not exercise.
The fact remains that too much exercise is bad for health. Moderation is the key for being fittest.
So what is fitness.
” You are fit if after hards work, you still have time to play with your kids.
You are Fit , if after a hard days work, you can still cook a meal for your wife as she had a rough day at her workplace.
You are Fit, if you can on a Sunday spend the whole after noon with your wife shopping for Groceries.
You are fit, if you can help your parents mow the lawn of their house on a Sunday when there is a big game.
Because Fitness is not all about yourself. Its about not being tired for your loved ones when they need you”