There has been a recent discussion of fitness and a bit about what fitness means.
From what I have learned - traditional fitness includes the following:
And I would add some non-traditional ones
- Cardio-vascular/Aerobic Fitness (endurance)
- Muscular Strength
- Body Composition (fat/lean)
The traditional one most often ignored in the bicycling world in my opinion is muscular strength - partucularly upper body - something that decreases year-after year after about 35 years old or so, if left unattended, but almost completely avoidable with appropriate activities. Muscular fitness also interacts with bone fitness in that exercises often used to strengthen can also help with osteoporosis prevention. Some believe that osteoporosis may be associated with bicycling. Controversial, but there are several studies pointing in that direction.
- Bone/ligament/tendon fitness - can be improved through appropriate activities.
- Mental health fitness
- Financial fitness
- Social fitness
- Spiritual fitness
And your thoughts on "fitness?"