Fitness is in business, that's for sure. The "breakthrough" in Germany probably marked the "trim-you-move" of the 1970 years, since then, the commercialization of this trend is progressing more and more. But what exactly does this term refer to?
Find fitness balance
In general, this means the effort to do something for the physical and mental well-being. This is motivated by the desire to approach a balanced lifestyle to be able to better withstand the stresses of everyday life as well as to compensate for the physically often monotonous everyday office life.
It has been scientifically proven that fitness enthusiasts reduce their health risks and increase their ability to concentrate, a higher life expectancy is statistically demonstrable.
Since physical fitness can prevent illnesses, all statutory health insurance funds are now promoting such offers.
Since the terminology is not clearly defined, it can be interpreted differently by different people or interest groups. The meaning can be relatively clearly distinguished from competitive sports and also from ambitious leisure sports, which put the increase in the stress limit in the focus of the activities. While the fitness driver sees the goal rather in the way and does not strive for constant shifting of the performance limit. So how can fitness be achieved?
There are various ways to keep yourself physically fit or to make yourself fit. Following the general trend towards individualization, sports are particularly popular that do not require membership of a club.
Endurance sports, such as jogging, walking, swimming or cycling, have a particularly positive effect on the cardiovascular system. These sports have the advantage that the time window granted can be flexibly scheduled at any time - without incurring costs such as in the gym.
But courses that require regular and fixed-time participation are also booming: Recently, the dance sport Zumba, in which people dance to Latin American rhythms, has experienced a great upswing, and yoga or aerobics have been booming for a while.
Water aerobics, on the other hand, offers the possibility of a very effective training, but it is very gentle on the joints. For those who prefer to move around in their own home, there are gym exercises for home training - either as a video for the night or with the appropriate literature learnable. For every personal preference a sport should be found.
Entry for sports muffle
However, a few points have to be kept in mind for longtime sports muffle. It may be useful to have a previous health check, especially if the fitness-willing is older than 35 years.
A slow start is recommended, if possible with professional guidance and preferably several times a week in smaller units. Training breaks even with minor injuries or other illnesses must be observed.
The burden should also be age-appropriate. Three to four exercise units of approximately 30 minutes per week are optimal, although less is of course always better than nothing. Too slavishly adhering to such, already individually varying, guideline values contradicts the actual intention and builds up pressure where it is supposed to be reduced.
Diet as a supplement to fitness and sport
A part of the fitness movement that is indispensable today is nutrition, which is partly explained by the fact that the desired weight loss is often motivating.
Last but not least, the food industry has also discovered a market with enormous growth potential. There is no longer a product segment that would not advertise with signal words such as "fitness", "balance", "light" or the like.
The customer is often deliberately deceived here, because names of this type are not protected in any way and can be printed on almost any product. There is therefore only a low level of discriminatory power for products from the diet market sector.
On the other hand, a diet that is actually geared to physical fitness needs is primarily balanced. For example, a drastic reduction in carbohydrate intake, as advocated in many dietary supplements, does not make sense, because a significant portion of energy needs are met from carbohydrates.
And this is especially important for the physically active, as these, in addition to fat and protein, are among the three main sources of energy. Restraint for the sake of fitness, however, is actually offered in confectionery and alcohol, also on average far more fats and oils are consumed than necessary.
Diversity is the number one priority in a fitness-oriented diet: a healthy mix of vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables, protein-containing dairy products (as well as meat, fish and eggs) and foods rich in carbohydrates such as cereals, pasta, potatoes or legumes.
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