HEALTH AND FITNESS by Phil, Physiotherapist

The terms health and fitness are often used interchangeably but they’re different, although often related.

The World Health Organization defines health as: “A state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing”.

Fitness class

There’re various definitions of fitness, but commonly it’s stated as: “The ability to fulfil a particular role or task”.

We can therefore see that fitness is specific, so we may be fit to walk but not to run and that a certain level of health may be required to perform a specific task.  Similarly, the fitness required to be a sprinter, requiring power and speed, is different from that being a distance runner, needing endurance. This makes it difficult to ascertain who is the “fitter” person. Continue reading

Exercise Ideas – by Southampton Physiotherapist – Phil

Body Weight Exercises

Simple exercises using body weight and requiring minimal or no equipment are often the best as they use the body’s natural bio-mechanics and levers and are often functional. That is, they combine strength, endurance, mobility and balance.  This gives all round conditioning which may help performance and reduce the risk of injury in sports but also allows the participant to become generally fitter. Continue reading