Finding a Fit Balance
By Coach Matt Hartsky
There are close to 650 skeletal muscles in the human body. Skeletal muscles involve bones and joint complexes to move our limbs. There are additional muscles that connect muscle to muscle and muscle to other tissue.
There are 206 bones in the human skeletal system.
Most medical text books list between 22 and 23 organs in the human body (depending upon whether or not skin is counted as an organ).
Connecting these components of the human body requires a vast and complex list of ligaments and tendons.
The human body is a miracle. Wouldn’t it be nice if we were born with a “user’s guide” for healthy maintenance of this gift?
Unfortunately, we depend upon science, research, and experimentation to guide our knowledge of the human body. The biggest challenge with this scenario lies in the variation in people. Everyone has a different blueprint for the fine details of their body’s make-up. These genetics are also altered within the individual as they age because of environmental stressors such as lack of proper rest and nutrition, injury, stress, and disease.
So, while there can’t be one specific exercise and nutrition plan that addresses every individual’s needs as a whole, there are guidelines that help determine the general route we should follow in order to reach a healthy way of life.
We like to call this plan, “balance”. A balanced lifestyle produces well rounded individuals. In terms of health and performance, we work to produce bodies that can function through all aspects of total fitness. Total fitness includes several components including: strength, endurance, power, agility, speed, flexibility, stability, balance, accuracy, mental focus, and proper nutrition.
As you look towards the coming months of summer, I encourage you to not only make exercise and nutrition a priority, but also try to keep the components of your plan in balance. Get to the gym, the pool, the park, or the lake. Hit the road for some running or biking. Play sports with your kids. Join a softball team. Mix up your activities and watch your health and fitness balance out your physical weaknesses. Drink more water. Eat less junk. Relieving your body of physical and mental stress through balanced exercise and nutrition will carry over into all aspects of your life. Make the summer of ’19 the time for the best you possible.