Physical Fitness:
Developing a Healthy Lifestyle

Good health is more than just not being ill. Physical fitness is one key element of good health that many do not pay enough attention to. Fitness simply means having efficient blood circulation, muscular strength and stamina and good balance. To enjoy life more, it’s important to take care of our physical wellness by following a healthy lifestyle.

What is the definition of wellness? Charles B. Corbin of Arizona State University defines wellness as “a multidimensional state of being describing the existence of positive health in an individual as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of well-being.”

In terms of physical wellness, one of the first measurements of your fitness is the performance of your heart. Your heart is inextricably linked to all your other body organs, as its contractions are crucial to help pump blood around the body. If your heart stops working, your whole body shuts down.

Being a muscular organ, the heart depends on the lungs to supply oxygen to keep it functioning well. That’s why, to maintain physical wellness, you need a combination of some form of aerobic exercise, coupled with a healthy diet to prevent arteriosclerosis, the buildup of arterial plaque that can lead to heart and circulation problems.

That's why it's important to schedule some form of aerobic exercise into your lifestyle. The three most common forms of aerobic exercises are: Running, swimming and cycling. For beginners or those whose current fitness level is low, walking is a good start.

There are also many simple exercises that you can do at home, like stretching, yoga, pilates and so on. The important thing is to get started!

No time to exercise? Here are some easy exercises you can do at your desk!

Find out what are the benefits of exercise.

Tree Hugging - a simple weight loss exercise that you can do at home.

Sunflower Blooming - a weight loss exercise for toning arm and chest muscles.

Shovelling Gold - a weight loss exercise for toning arm and chest muscles.

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