SIS Introduces Fitness Training
Before we take a closer look at fitness testing let’s try to answer the question, what is fitness? Everyone at some point has heard this word, yet if we are asked to define it there will be multiple responses. There are many definitions, and some of them are either obscure or don’t make any sense.
Therefore, I would like to bring one which seems to be quite understandable, yet covers the most important aspects. This definition states that, “in general, fitness is defined as the peak functioning or performance of muscles, including the lungs and heart of a person.”
There are 9 identified areas of fitness called “components”, which enable us to diagnose personal fitness. For us the most relevant components are: cardiovascular endurance, body composition, flexibility, muscular endurance and muscular strength. Once we have a better understanding of a term fitness, we can then ask ourselves why it is so important and why students’ fitness should be assessed.
The whole idea of testing fitness at schools was conceived in the late 1960’s in USA. It was a response to the gradual decline in health condition across the nation. It became obvious that obesity and numerous diseases such as coronary disease, diabetes type 2, and certain types of cancer can be attributed to sedentary life style. Educating youth about their own fitness, teaching them how they can monitor their own fitness, and showing them the benefit were stated to be the main goals of the fitness testing.
Changes in life style over last 30 years have been dramatic. Computer games and the Internet became major ways of spending free time. It has resulted in many youth reducing the amount of time that they spend being physically active. This has resulted in tripling of the percentage of youth who are overweight. One can only imagine what impact it will have on their adult lives.
The most effective tool for preventing a further decline in the health levels of our youth is education. Therefore, educating students about the importance of an active lifestyle and personal fitness are the key. Through the introduction of fitness in PE next year we believe that we can educate our students about the importance of being fit, and encourage them to be physically active.
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