Are you a fitness buff? If you are almost fanatical about taking care of your health, body and fitness, then you probably are. Well, there is nothing wrong with being a fitness buff or a health buff. As the saying goes, health is wealth.
A lot of people nowadays exert more effort in keeping fit and healthy. Along with numerous healthy diets, different physical exercises and activities have become popular among health-conscious people.
Going to the gym to work-out is not the only option to stay fit. There are different form of exercises such as aerobics, dances and sports that people participate in to improve the condition of their health.
You can also choose to exercise and do physical activities in the comfort of your own home. Technology also helps in such activities. Despite all these fitness options, body exercise is probably still the most common and popular. There may be many reasons why people choose to exercise specific body parts.
Generally speaking, it can be for good health but others many want to have a toned body for other goals or reasons. Having a toned, strong body can build confidence, enhance strength and boost the immune system. Some people probably work out to improve balance or to prepare for a competition or higher sports. Whatever the fitness goal is, here is a list of five common fitness improvement areas:
Arm exercises consist of the shoulder muscles, triceps (back of arms) and biceps (front of arms). It is important to exercise the arms because of many reasons. Strong shoulders, biceps and triceps will be helpful in different sports such as swimming, running, biking and aerobics. Even everyday tasks such as moving heavy things, lifting and carrying the baby and other chores require arm strength. Strong arms also support other exercises that rely heavily on the legs. Good posture can also be achieved by having strong shoulders. Having toned arms is also appealing and boosts confidence. Men and women will be more comfortable and confident flaunting their toned arms.
The legs represent the largest muscles in the lower body so they have to be trained efficiently. The quadriceps, hamstrings and calves compose the lower body muscle group. Legs are the basic source of power, so having well developed and strong legs is essential in just about any sport. Aside from the strength and power of the legs, they also need endurance since leg muscles are used in many activities such as walking, running, going up and down the stairs and so on. The legs support the upper body thus they need to be exercised a lot. Experts also say that leg workouts create a metabolic state that is beneficial to muscle-building and stimulation of growth hormones.
The chest is one of the largest muscles groups in the upper body and we use this muscle all day long. Simple activities such as pushing the door, washing your hair and even getting out of bed make use of the chest muscles. When it comes to exercising, the chest muscles are important in helping the body get up and down from the floor. This is because the act of pushing requires the use of the chest muscles. This is why it is important to keep the chest strong for daily activities and for sports and exercises. The stronger the chest muscles are, the stronger the body is. Chest workouts also involves the arms and shoulders, thus burning more calories.
- Abs or Abdominal Muscles
The abdominal muscles have many important functions. The abs is part of the body’s core together with the pelvic muscles, hips and muscles. These muscles that make up the core support the spine. Strong abs contribute to a powerful core that keeps the body stable and upright, thus improves posture and reduces lower-back pain. Daily physical activities such as standing, lifting, twisting and even sitting require the use of the abdominal muscles. The endurance of the back muscles is enhanced through abdominal strength thus lessening fatigue and vulnerability to injury and strain.
Hands are definitely important in our lives yet hand exercises are often neglected and underappreciated. Our hands exhibit grip strength. Grip strength is related to a person’s ability to hold an object firmly. It is an integral component of physical activities, sports, aerobics and daily tasks. There are different types of grip strength such as crushing, pinching and support gripping. Working out the hand strength can also make the forearms strong and powerful. Grip training also helps the fingers and wrists stronger. Through grip strength exercises, the endurance of the hands is increased thus enabling the hands to perform a strenuous activity for longer periods of time.
If you want to know how to measure grip strength, here are a few tips you should remember:
- Using a hand dynamometer is the best way to measure grip strength. It is a machine specially designed to do a grip strength test. This is available at the doctor’s clinic or at the gym. It is fairly easy to use and yet is more accurate.
- A cable tensiometer is another measuring device. Although it is commonly used to measure force in other body parts, it can also do well in measuring grip strength.
- If these devices are not available, some tools such as the bathroom scale or a cable weight machine can be improvised to measure grip strength.