What it Means to Be "Fit"

September 02, 2014

Fitness means a well-conditioned cardiovascular and muscular system. Both your heart and muscles need regular workouts to stay fit. You're fit if you can:

  •  Carry out daily tasks without fatigue and have ample energy to enjoy leisure time pursuits.

  • Walk a couple blocks or climb one or two flights of stairs without becoming "winded" or feeling heaviness or fatigue in your legs.

  • Carry on a conversation during light to moderate exercise such as brisk walking.

If you sit most of the day, you're probably not fit. Signs of deconditioning include feeling tired most of the time, being unable to keep up with others your age, avoiding physical activity because you know you'll quickly tire, and becoming short of breath or fatigued with walking a short distance.

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