By Kristin Lamb, CHWC
We’re given only one body in life, and each day we have the opportunity to either build it up or tear it down. We all want a physique we can be proud of, but more importantly, we need a body that works well. Age and illness will play a role in the condition of our body, but we have the ability to prevent, reduce or eliminate many ailments and injuries.
Practice these six body basics for an ideal body:
- Build up muscular strength. The capacity to exert force can help with day-to-day activities and, when needed, help you through a fight-or-flight situation such as carrying someone to get help or stopping a falling item.
- Flexibility is freedom. Having a full range of motion is an asset you may not value until it diminishes. Start stretching daily to reduce risk of injuries and to help your body age gracefully.
- Increase muscular endurance. The ability to perform actions for a prolonged time will prove beneficial for manual labor and physical activities.
- Keep your composure. Body composition is the element of fitness we notice the most about our body. Fat, bone, muscle and water make up the body. Weight is best when it’s lean and strong.
- Practice stability. Balance is a key element of fitness. The ability to control your body takes work, but this skill will keep you safe. Practicing yoga, trying out a BOSU ball, walking along a thin line or working through obstacles can go a long way.
- Swim, walk, run or hike. Cardiovascular endurance ensures that a strong heart, good set of lungs and healthy blood vessels deliver oxygen to your body tissues.
Many people struggle with body image. Remember—as long as you have the elements of fitness listed above, you are in perfect shape!