Why is fitness important?
Fitness Improves Quality of Life

Children's health is strongly linked to physical fitness, encompassing aspects like cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength, and body composition. Promoting awareness of this connection among students and physical education teachers justifies ongoing fitness monitoring and encourages active lifestyles. Recognizing the significance of fitness components is crucial for the well-being of children and adolescents.

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The overall benefits of being in good physical fitness for the health of individuals include improved cardiovascular health, increased muscle strength and endurance, enhanced mental well-being, better flexibility and balance, and a reduced risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. Additionally, maintaining a good level of fitness can help people to maintain a healthy weight, improve their immune system, boost their energy levels, and improve their overall quality of life.

Some of the advantages associated with good fitness are increased stamina level and functionality to perform day-to-day tasks. All these benefits will occur as long as physical exercise is done regularly and adopting a healthy lifestyle.

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“We need objective data about physical fitness as an essential part of promoting adequate physical literacy in the population. Having a solid grasp of one’s own physical literacy will ensure that children and adolescents can choose to engage in, and maintain, purposeful physical activities throughout their lifetime, including all the health benefits associated with a healthy, active lifestyle.”

References / Further reading
  1. Kern, B. D., Imagbe, S., Bellar, D., & Clemons, J. (2020). Health-Related Fitness Content Knowledge, Physical Activity, and Instructional Practices Among U.S. Physical Educators. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 91(1), 92–101. DOI: 10.1080/02701367.2019.1648744

  2. Ortega, F. B., Ruiz, J. R., Castillo, M. J., & Sjöström, M. (2008). Physical fitness in childhood and adolescence: a powerful marker of health. International Journal of Obesity (London), 32(1), 1–11. DOI: 10.1038/sj.ijo.0803774

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