O.K. first things
first. When we talk about getting fit, we are not
recommending you trade your beer and cigarettes in
for a box of tofu and some spandex cycling shorts.
Basically we believe
that its perfectly OK to find your own lifestyle /
fitness balance. On one hand we have our desired lifestyle
(which for us includes drinking vast amounts of beer)
and on the other hand we need to get ourselves in
a good enough state of tune to perform acceptably
well in our chosen sport(s).
Basically we have
found that the more fit you are, the better equipped
you'll be for participating and competing in dangerous
sports and activities.
According to John
Buckley (Exercise Physiologist and author of 'Exercise
on Prescription') "from a historical perspective,
fitness has been associated with the preparation for
sending men off to battle. Training regimes were set
up to improve endurance, strength and mobility for
the requirements of battle."
Lets be honest, if
you are out of shape you are much more likely to become
fatigued, and if you become tired whilst in a dangerous
sports environment, you'll be much more susceptible
to injury, hmmm... make that serious injury! This
has been shown to be the case even in a relatively
safe environment such as soccer. Taking it a step
further there also the argument that the more fit
you are, the quicker you will be able to return to
your chosen sport after an injury.
Now fitness isn't
about large biceps and pectoral muscles, and pumping
iron in your garage may not be the answer. Fitness
can be divided up into many different aspects, but
basically there are four elements to overall fitness
which are: a) muscular strength, b) muscular endurance,
c) cardiovascular endurance, and d) the flexibility
of muscles and joints.