What Is Physically Fit?

What is physically fit

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Physical Activity

Physical activity plays an important role in our health, well being, and quality of life.  And the health benefits of physical activity are numerous. But what level of physical activity makes you physically fit?

What is Physically Fit?

Being physically fit means that your body is able to function effectively and efficiently during work and leisure activities. It also means that your body is able to ward off some diseases and is capable of responding to emergency conditions.

The more of a certain activity that you do the better your cardiovascular endurance will be. Therefore, are there different levels of being physically fit? Is there a “fittest” level in order to obtain the greatest quality of life?

Components of Physical Fitness

From my research I found that there are 5 components of physical fitness.

  1. Cardiorespiratory fitness
  2. Muscular strength
  3. Muscular endurance
  4. Body composition
  5. Flexibility
Cardiorespiratory Fitness

Cardiorespiratory fitness means being able to sustain an elevated heart rate. It indicates how well your body’s circulatory and respiratory system can supply fuel during physical activity. This includes activities that require endurance such as running, brisk walking, and cycling.

Muscular Strength

Muscular strength is how much force your muscles are able to exert force during activity. This can be achieved with strength training in order to develop muscle mass.

Muscular Endurance

Muscular endurance goes with muscular strength and is the ability for your muscles to continue exerting force without fatigue. In order to increase muscular endurance try increasing the number of reps for each strength training exercise. Also, limit your rest time in between sets.

Body Composition

Body composition describes the percentages of fat, bone, water and muscle of an individual’s body, expressed as a percentage of body fat. Dexa Scan, Bod Pod, and caliber are ways of measuring body composition.


Flexibility is the range of motion in a joint or group of joints. To prevent injury during physical activity, it is important to maintain good flexibility. Therefore, include some stretching after your workout.

In conclusion, we need to include all 5 components of physical fitness in order to measure overall physical fitness. Let’s not only focus on one, but include them all into our fitness plan.


Medical News Today, by Tim Newman dated Dec 2, 2015
American College of Sports Medicine News Article February 2016

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  • Reply Tasheena @

    Great post! I have to learn to include the five components in my fitness routine.

    June 13, 2017 at 10:57 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      Thanks! 🙂

      June 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Lorna Ye

    What a nice explanation for every component of physical fitness. I was not aware of those details–your information is very helpful.

    June 13, 2017 at 11:29 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      Thank you! 🙂

      June 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Sara

    I consider myself ‘physically fit’ but it was really interesting to read (and learn about) the different components you mentioned. Thanks for going into the details….

    June 13, 2017 at 11:52 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      Thank you!

      June 14, 2017 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Amber Myers

    I try to stay fit. I jog daily, but I know I need to lift weights or something.

    June 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      That’s excellent! 🙂

      June 13, 2017 at 4:46 pm
      • Reply appowerfit

        Thanks, Amber! 🙂

        June 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Deepa

    I agree being physically fit is very important and we all should try to do some kind of exercise daily. even walk is good on days we cant do anything else.

    June 14, 2017 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Jill

    It’s very important being physically fit! I am not flexible at all, nor have I been my whole life, so I am currently doing a wonderful 30 day flexibility challenge!


    June 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      That’s great! 🙂

      June 14, 2017 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply Natasha

    I’m doing better with overall fitness, making sure that strength training and flexibility are being included more into my workout regimen.

    June 15, 2017 at 7:39 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      That’s great!

      June 15, 2017 at 8:41 am
  • Reply Amrita

    Working on flexibility and mental fitness more now .Important topics you have discussed. We need to be fit in complete sync.

    June 15, 2017 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Marisa

    Flexibility is so important, and I can tell as I get older .. its a tough one to keep up!

    June 15, 2017 at 10:53 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      Yes, it definitely is and that is why it’s so important that we keep up with it. 🙂

      June 16, 2017 at 12:30 pm

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