Strength Training Complies With the Definition of Exercise
The definition of exercise states – Exercise is a process whereby the body performs work of a demanding nature, in accordance with muscle and joint function, meaningfully loading the muscular structures to inroad their strength levels to stimulate a growth mechanism.
The basic essence of exercise assumes a purpose of achieving physical improvement. If the activity does not promote that physical improvement – primarily correlated to increased muscular strength – then it is not considered proper exercise.
The most important ingredient in any effective exercise program is demanding muscular work. The muscular system is the front line of the body as only muscles have a direct physical function and effect fitness. Any program, method or protocol devoid of high intensity work involving loading of the muscles, regardless of how well designed and implemented will fail to produce meaningful benefits.
We could define being “fit” as being strong as muscles provide the only truly productive factor in human movement. Every single movement of our body depends on muscle strength, from very simple to very complex. We need it to be able to eat, talk, walk, move and breathe.
Muscles are very unique. They have the ability to relax, contract, produce force and are metabolically active. This means that the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism (amount of calories your body needs) at rest and during exercise. We can survive without endurance, speed, stamina and flexibility, but we cannot survive without strength. Very often we forget about its necessary importance.
To be effective an exercise program need only focus on strengthening the muscles in a concentrated manner. This will support the body’s systems then the heart, lungs, bones etc will join in to maintain the effort.
Strength training exercise is the only activity that properly satisfies the Definition of Exercise and thereby is the only true exercise. All other activities (i.e. walking, running, cycling, swimming, etc.), often construed as exercise by the media, general public and health/medical professionals do not satisfy the definition of exercise. These activities qualify as recreational physical activities and are not considered a necessary component of a proper exercise program.
Perhaps the most damaging as well as the most understood concept in fitness today among, health centers, gyms, researchers and the general public is the confusion of proper exercise and recreational activities. Although a most basic and important concept it is rarely acknowledged or applied in any area of fitness or medicine. People are being led to believe all they need to do is find an activity they enjoy and have “fun” doing it.
Well listen up, an activity that is fun to perform but does not meet the necessary requirements of meaningfully loading of muscular structures does not qualify as proper exercise. Yes, fun and enjoyable pastime activities and recreation do carry some healthful physical benefits, and do overlap to some degree however; these cannot stimulate the multitude of physical changes that only proper exercise can stimulate. Only when you acknowledge and accept these facts will you truly benefit from proper exercise.