Surely you have to hear on many occasions the expressions like “I have to get fit” or “this athlete is not yet in shape” but what does it really mean to “be in shape”?
Traditionally it has been related to the concept of physical form and the different objectives: high sports performance and health.
From the point of view of sports performance, direct that the physical form refers to the development of the components that are necessary to perform the most appropriate form for a specific sport. Each sport requires a maximum development of a series of capacities that guarantee the accomplishment of a specific task. In this way we can say that a certain athlete is in shape when he is very close to obtaining his best results in that sport. Now, we can say that only 7-8% of the population of our country practices competitive sport, therefore, what does it mean to be fit for 93% of the remaining population?
If we orientate the physical form towards health we understand ourselves as the ability to perform with solvency, the “vigorous” or without fatigue, the daily activities or the day to day. This is related to a lower risk of developing chronic diseases, with better hope and quality of life. Currently this definition may seem confusing because our current lifestyle does not require much activity to perform our daily tasks. Nowadays we have a physical fitness level that guarantees the accomplishment of our daily tasks and is not supposed to be kept within acceptable budgets of health or well-being.
When we talk about physical form, we must be clear about what we are referring to, it must be something clear and objective. Taking into account the latter, we can understand by physical form as the state of development in which the different components that form it are found, that is, their levels of strength, resistance, flexibility, neuromotor capacities and body composition. All these components are they find related to each other and the improvement or the worsening of some of them inexorably affect the rest. All of them are equally important when planning the practice of physical activity for health.
Once this is explained, we can understand that “being in shape” implies having a minimum acceptable level of each and every one of these motor and morpho-functional components. Obviously, this minimum level will depend on age and sex.
Being fit means being within a healthy body weight, being acceptably resilient, strong, flexible, agile and coordinated.
Being critical of this approach, we could ask ourselves: Why should it be like this? Why should I look for this improvement of the “integral” physical form?
I think it is important to remember that modern man has not appeared as he is at the moment of history but rather it is the product of an evolution of something over 2 mill. of years. During all that time, that evolutionary process has designed an animal that fundamentally needs its physique to adapt to the environment. This will undoubtedly be the ultimate goal, the ultimate goal pursued by our physical form, the correct and effective adaptation to the environment that surrounds us. The best adapted animals are those that get food, shelter and offspring and these are the keys to the success that man has had as a species.
From our point of view, the maintenance and development of these motor skills will be the ultimate goal that should be pursued to improve fitness. Before we talked about the state of development of a series of components such as strength, endurance, flexibility, neuromotor capabilities and body composition. The equitable development of these components responds to this need to establish and improve these motor skills that are ours. Man is an animal designed to walk, run, jump, climb, throw, etc … and the goal that our physical form must pursue is precisely to adapt our body to the functions that are its own.
Therefore, to know if I am in good physical shape, I only have to perform a battery of approved tests in which the different conditioning factors of the physical form are measured through tests that involve these natural motor skills.
Our platform Fitcel is based on an initial evaluation of the physical condition through different evaluation protocols, all of them approved. With the results of these physical tests and questionnaires you will obtain an objective and quantifiable value of your current state or FITSCORE that is linked to a specific level of form: basic, medium or advanced.
If you want to know in an objective and reliable way what your fitness level is, you can do it through our platform. Ask for it at your sports center, personal trainer, medical center, school or company.
The physical condition or physical form is not a static concept that remains stable indefinitely but rather is quite the opposite. Our physical form is subject to changes or continuous fluctuations depending on our level of activity or sedentary lifestyle.
It is important that we be aware that our current state of physical fitness is the result of a process of chronic adaptation to a regular practice of physical activity. When we carry out activity or physical exercise adapted in a regular and maintained way, positive adaptations take place that improve our physical state and by extension, our health.
Unfortunately these changes also occur in the opposite direction. When we stop practicing physical exercise, progressive maladjustments occur in our body that lead to a loss of physical form and a deterioration of our functional capacity.
It is very common to enter a negative expiration of physical loss that begins with a period of inactivity. This inactivity or sedentary lifestyle will cause a loss of our physical condition (worsening of our levels of strength, endurance, mobility, neuromotor abilities or body composition). This decrease in our physical form leads to a parallel worse physiological or psychological parameters that result in the appearance of some problems or diseases and in general, to a worse functioning of our systems.
This malfunction of organs or systems in turn cause a loss of the state of balance or homeostasis so necessary for our body to function correctly and efficiently. This lower efficiency leads to an unnecessary loss of energy, having a daily perception of being tired and unwilling to do any kind of activity. We also have a worse psychological attitude to any type of energy demand. In these negative conditions, both physical and psychological, it is very difficult to start or continue an exercise program, increasing the risk of abandonment and increasing even more our sedentary state. And so, we continue in this negative spiral that leads to a continuous and progressive worsening of our physical form.
At the opposite pole we have the positive spiral of improvement of our fitness state, which works just the opposite of the negative. A person who is active usually has a better physiological and psychological functioning of their organs and systems. This entails a better state of balance or homeostasis, with an improvement in the efficiency of our organism. Greater efficiency translates into greater energy savings and a better psychological attitude to any activity that requires a significant energy demand. Greater retention and fidelity in the exercise programs that entail a higher level of activity.
Going from the negative expiration to the positive is not an easy task and anyone who tells you otherwise is simplifying the problem in an alarming way.
From Fitcel we are aware of this complexity and we intend to enter your lifestyle as a “partner” that provides the necessary tools to facilitate as much as possible this change from the negative to the positive spiral.
In recent years there have been some studies that show the direct relationship between the use of activimeters or fitness applications and the increase in daily physical activity. Today we already know that the mere fact of having a physical activity measurement device or a fitness app is more than enough to increase the level of physical activity of our lifestyle.
On the other hand, there is a direct correlation more than contrasted between the regular and adapted practice of physical activity and the improvement of our state of health. We know that an active lifestyle, with regular practice of adapted or personalized physical exercise is reflected in an improvement of our functional capacity, both present and future.
With these data we understand that the tools for the fight against sedentary lifestyle and overweight should come through these new mobile technologies. Our current world revolves around these mobile devices and we understand that any attempt to impact the lifestyle of modern man must come through this medium.
In this line, FITCEL goes beyond the rest of the current fitness applications since it not only provides a motivating tool that monitors the activity carried out, but also “prescribes” the exercises in a scientific manner and adapted to each individual profile. Precisely, this prescription adapted from the loads of daily training is the key to guarantee that the physical activity performed is healthy.
“Important organizations or entities such as the WHO, the ACSM or the AHA remind us that in order for physical activity to be healthy, it must be prescribed in a personalized manner, adjusting the type of exercise or activity, its volume, intensity and frequency to the particular conditions of each person.”
FITCEL has in its DNA this personalized prescription of training charges.
We must remember that regardless of the objective or reason for the practice of physical activity, we must do so by guaranteeing a good state of health both present and future. It does not matter if you want to prepare a popular marathon, increase your muscle mass, lose weight or simply find yourself better. The program that you must follow has to be designed by professionals who decide which exercises are the ones to do, in what quantity, with what intensity and frequency.
Your health must be above any other objective, do not forget it.