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physical fitness

physical fitness, combined good health and physical development. The object of any program of physical fitness is to maximize an individual's health, strength, endurance, and skill relative to age, sex, body build, and physiology. These ends can only be realized through conscientious regulation of exercise, rest, diet, and periodic medical and dental examinations. Exercise should be regular and vigorous, but begun slowly and only gradually increased in strenuousness. Short periods of vigorous exercise repeated several times during a day can be as beneficial to physical health as one longer daily session. Popular exercise methods include jogging, cycling, and the use of body-building machines. It is more important that periods of sleep be regular and restful than that they extend any fixed number of hours. A properly balanced diet in proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals is essential. Conscientious dental hygiene and periodic checkups are also strongly advised. Complete and regular physical examinations should be the basis of any program of physical development. Tobacco smoking, as well as alcohol and drug consumption, are counterproductive to any physical fitness program. Although sports are related to physical fitness, care must be taken that injuries do not occur, and that the skin is adequately protected against the cancerous effects of solar radiation.


See historical study by J. Whorton (1982).

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1. US and Canadian a ceremony or formal routine, esp at a school or college
2. Gymnastics a particular type of event, such as performing on the horizontal bar
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On another note, those who are experienced exercisers can take a rest day every week.
Additionally, free weights can be used to increase the intensity of bodyweight exercises as the exerciser gains strength and experience.
The DFX gyro exerciser originally came to the market as a rehabilitation device for carpal tunnel, tennis elbow and other RSI, and is now used for sports, fitness and rehab.
Consistency is one of the most important parts of an exercise program but this is also the part for which many exercisers fail, especially the "beginners.
Men (n = 10) Assessment Trainer Exerciser Polar HR (beats x [min.sup.-1]) 138 142 151 Predicted V[O.sub.2] max 53.5 51.5 48.0 Women (n = 10) Assessment Trainer Exerciser Polar HR (beats x [min.sup.-1]) 130 138 149 Predicted V[O.sub.2] max 41.7 40.3 38.4
Paired samples t tests were used to compare scores between NL and FT categories for each exerciser stereotype.
It is then very tempting for the recreational exerciser to think that they need to go out and buy some expensive kit.
The employee's decision to be a regular FRP exerciser, given that she has signed up, depends on the same variables that influenced her decision to sign up.
Opening and closing isn't the only role of a valve exerciser. These units have the ability to collect data and create a detailed log of all valve and hydrant exercising activities.
Exercisers told to run as fast as possible for 10 minutes will necessarily regulate intensity to complete the task.
Both of them are some modification of the classical rowing exerciser (for example, Concept2).
Biddle hypothesized that process goals that focus the exerciser's attention to the behavior itself, rather than the outcomes of that behavior, are more likely to stimulate adherence to that behavior.