Hello and welcome! Hope all is going well and everyone is having a healthy and active day. This Web site is being offered to provide students information about health-related fitness and the psychosocial aspects of physical activity to supplement what is being learned in Health and Physical Education classes, and to give other members of the community the opportunity to learn as well.

As I was developing this site a friend asked me…, “What is the difference between health-related fitness and regular ol’ fitness?” I figured answering this question would be perfect for welcoming you to this site.

Briefly, health-related fitness includes five major components: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and optimal body composition (Episodes 1 & 2). The overall goal of a health-related fitness program is to optimize the quality of life. Specific goals may be to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, and other chronic diseases while improving personal physical fitness so that daily tasks can be completed with less effort and fatigue. In addition to the five major components of health-related fitness, other components of physical fitness include anaerobic fitness, balance, coordination, agility, speed, and power. These additional components are all very important and necessary for many physical activities and sports, and will be discussed in future podcast episodes. However, these fitness components have less of an influence on both our health and resistance to disease, and therefore are differentiated from the 5 major components of health-related fitness.

So, being Health-Related Fit equates to a higher quality of life through developing Aerobic Fitness (cardiorespiratory endurance) and Muscular Fitness (muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility) while optimizing Body Composition (percentage of lean body mass vs. body fat).

Please join in, learn more About the site, listen to the the most recent podcast episode on the Home page, download the complete collection of Podcast episodes, subscribe to the RSS feed to stay connected, and check back often.

Thanks, Dr. Cherubini

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