Five Elements of Fitness

When most people think of fitness training they focus on aerobic fitness and muscular fitness, but as an article on the Mayo Clinic’s website points out, a good fitness education training program balances five elements, aerobic fitness, strength fitness, stretching, core exercise, and balance training. The article does a good job of explaining the importance of each element while giving examples of different exercises that one could put to use in their fitness education system. Below is a brief rundown of each element according to the Mayo Clinic’s article. Mayo clinic describes aerobic fitness as “any physical activity that uses large muscle groups and increases your heart rate.” Why does the Mayo Clinic consider it important? “Aerobic exercise causes you to breathe faster and more deeply, which maximizes the amount of oxygen in your blood. The better your aerobic fitness, the more efficiently your heart, lungs and blood vessels transport oxygen throughout your body, and the easier it is to complete routine physical tasks and rise to unexpected challenges, such as running to your car in the pouring rain.” Aerobic fitness should be a pillar in your fitness education programs.

Latest Fitness Trends

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, one of the principal fitness trends involves nothing more than your own body weight.

ACSM asked 3,346 corporate, clinical, community, commercial and academic health and fitness experts to answer the question, what is likely to make up the most popular fitness trends in 2013. The participants discussed emerging trends and whether or not last years’ trendy programs continued to be appealing. The survey listed 37 possible choices and the specialists rated the top 20.

This year’s ‘it’ fitness programs include a blend of new ways to sweat it out as well as some previous fitness regimens. Body weight training, a technique that uses your body’s weight as the foundation of resistance for strength training and muscle endurance. Spinning and Pilates, however, were less popular.

Fitness Collaboration to Fight Childhood Obesity

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Most people can agree that physical activity is vital to our health and living a long life, but this does not mean everyone engages in exercise and eats well-balanced, nutritional meals. Obesity seems to be on the high rise, not just with adults, but with children, as well. These youngsters are the future of our generation, of the world, and how are we supposed to witness their potential if they never make it past their formative years due to obesity, poor diet, and almost no physical exercise? Staying active are of the utmost importance for the development of growing children. For them to achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams, whatever they may be, it all starts with exercise.

Exercise gives them the energy to do things productively on a day-to-day basis. However, while this sounds all poetic and inspirational, the reality of it is that many schools lack fitness education programs. People do not realize just how crucial a physical education class is as opposed to a Biology class, an English class, or a Math class. Fitness education is just as important. Why do people work out? Simple.

Incorporating Yoga into Daily Activities

Between going to work, running errands, walking the dog, chasing the kids, getting a workout in and all the other odds and ends of life, sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day! Sometimes something’s just gotta give, but fitness education guru Beth Shaw has found a way to help busy people combine a couple key daily tasks.

Beth Shaw, Founder and CEO of YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide, is no stranger to fitness education. YogaFit has been running since 1994 and has trained thousands of fitness professionals all over the world, are currently expanding into China and are beginning to teach some courses in Spanish. Now they’re releasing a program that allows busy people to combine a couple essential daily tasks – walking the dog, and getting in some yoga.

New Radio Show!

Getting ready for our latest radio show with Doug Balzarini! Spent all day making sure my hair was done, my outfit was on point till I find out it wasn’t even a video call! With that said, we are so excited to hear all he has to say! We will find out what he thinks regarding the future in personal training education, his background as a fitness professional, and how he got where he is today! Time to learn about how another person is using his passion to transform the fitness industry! Go Doug!

The FPO Team


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