Physical fitness is an attribute required for service in virtually all militaries.
The notion of physical fitness is used in two close meanings.
* 1 General fitness
* 2 Task-oriented fitness
o 2.1 Military-style
* 3 Notable fitness instructors
* 4 See also
* 5 External links
In a more general meaning, physical fitness is a general state of good somatic health and abilities.
A handicapped person may nevertheless be physically fit. Fitness helps them to compensate disability.
Physical fitness is usually a result of regular physical activity, e.g., physical exercise, and proper nutrition.
Cardio is a type of fitness designed to improve cardiovascular strength which is attained through aerobic exercise.
A person may be said to be physically fit to perform a particular task with a reasonable efficiency, for example, fit for military service.
In recent years, Military-style fitness training programs have become increasingly popular among civilians. Courses are available all over the US and Europe.
They are usually taught by ex-military personnel. Very often the instructors held highly regarded positions within various military organizations. Often times the instructors were formerly Drill instructors, Special Forces Operatives or held otherwise distinguished positions.
These courses always have some common elements. They often focus on military style calisthenics and group runs. The courses are often held very early in the morning and will meet in almost any weather. Students can expect push-ups, sit-ups, pullups, and jumping jacks, as well as more obscure drills such as flutter kicks, sun worshippers and flares. Almost invariably a workout will include short runs while longer runs are more scheduled. Special forces are renowned for their level of fitness and intensity of their workouts.
Notable fitness instructors
* Jack LaLanne
* Charles Atlas
* Matt Furey
* Dave Leslie 'Keeping in Shape' in Cambridge, England
* Billy Blanks (Master of Tae Bo)