What is health-related fitness?
Health-related fitness is the ability of the body to meet the demands of daily physical effort and activity. There are three types of physical activity:
1. Cardiovascular or Aerobic Fitness: Determined by how well your body is able to take in, transport and use oxygen while exercising.
2. Muscular Fitness: Builds stronger muscle and increases how long you can use them. There are two types of muscular fitness: Muscular strength and Muscular endurance.
3. Flexibility: The ability to move joints effectively through a complete range of motion.
You may find you are good at one kind of fitness and not as good at the others. However, it is important to work on all three kinds.
Many physical activities work on more than one area of health-related fitness. For example, swimming, cycling, rowing, and skiing improve both muscular and aerobic fitness.