Biggest Loser: Do you know 5 components of fitness?

Barb St. Pierre, Trillium Fitness

We continue to follow our Biggest Loser Contestant. Darryl Sanford of Syracuse is a 41-year-old father of 5. He is on a mission to change his life. He has now lost 33 pounds on his most recent weigh loss journey.

We all have our own ways of exercising that we think is best for our body. From day to day, a workout schedule becomes routine. Whether you go for a run every morning before work, or hit the gym every other day to tone your muscles, sometimes we forgot about other key components that can help us lose weight faster and more efficiently, or simply manage our physique.

There are five elements we often overlook that are key to getting the look and results you want. They are: 1. Cardiovascular Endurance 2. Muscular Strength 3. Muscular Endurance 4. Flexibility and 5. Body Composition. These five elements make up the perfect and total fitness workout. Without one or the other, you are only training isolated parts of your body. Don TMt overlook these five important steps; just skipping out on one can stop you from reaching your maximum ability to look and feel your best.

Our heart and lungs are tied into the first element: cardiovascular endurance. These two work as partners delivering oxygen and blood to our body when we push ourselves to go the extra mile, or do a few more reps. As our lungs send oxygen into our bloodstream and enter into our heart, the heart then pumps the oxygen rich blood all throughout our body and muscles, providing us with the energy we need to maximize our potential. Going for a jog or a bike ride can increase your cardiovascular endurance.

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The second element, muscular strength, is exactly what it sounds like, our ability to lift a given weight. This element is one of the most popular things we do or think about when working out. Lifting weights, doing bench presses and even just doing push ups at home are all a part of strength training. With enough training and practice, one can increase the amount of weight they TMre able to lift over time.

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Muscular endurance describes how long our muscles can work without getting tired or feeling strained. Having great endurance allows us to do a longer set of reps, or jog that one extra mile without getting tired or feeling weak. Muscular endurance defines how long we can workout a specific area of muscle. Doing calisthenics, running or even cycling can enhance how long our muscular endurance is.

Before any workout, stretching is highly recommended so we use our muscles properly and avoid risk of injury. This is why flexibility remains on the workout priority list. If done correctly, our body can move through a full range of motion in each particular joint. Stretching before any workout is a sure way to do exercising properly by letting our bodies get ready for the workout ahead. A popular way to get more flexible is to take up yoga or Pilates.

Lastly, body composition falls on the list. Body composition details each and every different body type. It weighs in factors like height, weight and the proportion of body fat compared to our muscle mass. Underwater body weighing is something that is unprecedented, but one of the most accurate ways to find your individual body fat.

Click here to calculate your body mass index.

Whether you TMre used to your day-to-day workout regime, or haven TMt ever worked out before, take these five important components into consideration. Incorporating them into your exercise routine can greatly affect your overall workout, and help you to reach the goals you have set out for yourself.