Will the type of physical activity I choose, affect my fitness results?

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Yes, it will! One of the first things I learned when I went to school for personal training was the SAID principle:  specific adaptation to imposed demand. What that means is that the body responds and adapts to what we ask it to do. For example, a person who wants to run a marathon trains by running, increasing the distance each week. Her body adapts after each run, making her able to handle the longer distances as she continues to train. She has placed a demand on her body, and her body has responded in specific ways. A soccer player trains differently, because she wants a different set of adaptations. 

Just about any fitness program will include strength, flexibility and endurance training, but these components are put together differently depending on the goal. If you want more information about how to get the results you are looking for, let's talk!

The type of physical activity that you choose will surely affect your fitness results.  Prior to choosing this form of activity, you must decide what your goal is.  Are you looking to gain strength, lose weight, or be overall fit and healthy?

If you are looking to gain strength then much of your focus should be on strength training.  Your result will be an increase in strength and an increase in size, if that is a desired goal.  If you are looking for weight loss then you should start with aerobic activity and slowly mix in strength training.  If you are looking to be overall fit and healthy then you need a mixture of strength and aerobic training.  Again, choose a goal and from there we can decide the best plan of action.  If I can further assist, please let me know!

The type of physical activity that one chooses will affect fitness results because the certain activities are more intense than others which will in return burn more calories, for example a game of basketball will require the body to move at a constant pace, and will require short burst of energy from the body. This will affect fitness results in a positive way by increasing the work demand on the cardio system, and metabolism, which will increase fat loss, and will strengthen the cardio respiratory system.    

Absolutely! Specific training produces specific fitness outcomes. For the same reasons marathon runners do not exercise the same way as bodybuilders and vice-versa, it is important to move your body in a way that promotes outcomes that you are seeking to achieve. Other factors that will affect the results of your training protocol are food intake, genetics and the intensity of your physical activity. Regardless of what your goals are, physical activity that has components of cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and flexibility will be beneficial to you and your health.   

If you have questions regarding what physical activities will be best for you based on the results you seek, consult with a certified fitness professional.

Staying active is always great for your overall heath and fitness regardless of the activity.  However, if you have specific goals there are different paths you may want to choose to bring you more directly to those goals.  You should speak with a certified professional to help make your goals and activity meet at a place that is appropirate for you.  However, a good regimine of flexibility training, strength training, cardio training and good nutrition will lead to overall fitness.

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Yes! Engaging in different types of physical activity is important to overall physical fitness. Your fitness routine should include aerobic and strength-training activities, and may also include stretching activities.
Aerobic activities
These activities move large muscles in your arms, legs, and hips over and over again. Examples include walking, jogging, bicycling, swimming, and tennis.
Strength-training activities
These activities increase the strength and endurance of your muscles. Examples of strength-training activities include working out with weight machines, free weights, and resistance bands. (A resistance band looks like a giant rubber band. You can buy one at a sporting goods store.) Push-ups and sit-ups are examples of strength-training activities you can do without any equipment. You also can use soup cans to work out your arms.
Aim to do
strength-training activities at least twice a week. In each strength-training session, you should do 8 to 10 different activities using the different muscle groups throughout your body, such as the muscles in your abdomen, chest, arms, and legs. Repeat each activity 8 to 12 times, using a weight or resistance that will make you feel tired. When you do strength-training activities, slowly increase the amount of weight or resistance that you use. Also, allow one day in between sessions to avoid excess strain on your muscles and joints.
Stretching
Stretching improves flexibility, allowing you to move more easily. This will make it easier for you to reach down to tie your shoes or look over your shoulder when you back the car out of your driveway. You should do stretching activities after your muscles are warmed up—for example, after strength training. Stretching your muscles before they are warmed up may cause injury.
This answer is based on source information from The Federal Government Source for Women's Health Information.

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