Before we start on the topic,let us look at some common sentences the word ‘fit’ is used in by the present generation. “Hey man, I am going to join the gym to get fit with 6-packs”. “I am going to wake up tomorrow morning and start getting fit by jogging around my apartments”(Well we usually know how the “getting up early in the morning” plans turn out)
In this article, let’s talk about the fitness in sport regarding the three aspects i.e. Physical, mental, emotional. Modern definition of fitness describes either a person or machine’s ability to perform a specific function or a holistic definition of human adaptability to cope with various situations. Well rounded fitness program will improve a person in all aspects of fitness, rather than one, such as only cardio/respiratory endurance or only weight training. Fitness doesn’t mean only the physical aspect but also the mental and emotional part.So at first lets take a look at Physical Fitness.
One of the most common misconceptions about Physical fitness is that only if a person has 6 packs, 4packs or 8 packs he is considered as fit. Let’s take the game of Cricket for example. Not many Cricketers would be having any packs but they can still be seen running around the entire match without breaking a sweat. Physical fitness for a sportsperson will be to last the entire duration of their game without getting tired or injured halfway into the game. Hitting the gym is a good start for being fit but you will also need a good gym trainer who understands your sport which you might be playing as a hobby or at a serious level like for the country. Only if the gym trainer understands your sport and the level you play at will he be able to give appropriate exercises because exercises for national level player will be completely different from those which are given to people who play the sport as a hobby.
Physical fitness is known to keep away chronic age problems and also diseases like common cold and fever. Working out at the gym alone isn’t enough, eating healthy food and reducing the amount of junk food should also be done. There is no point in working out so hard to be fit only to ruin it by eating junk food, smoking and drinking alcohol .This is what we are going to see in the next topic: Mental Fitness.
Mental fitness means to have a fit and stable mind . As mentioned above the only way one can stop eating junk food, smoking and drinking Alcohol is if he/she has discipline. This discipline can be attained only when the mind is fit. Mental fitness once attained will help to keep diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at bay for most of your life. Following are some ways to be mentally fit:
- Activities that require you to use all your senses and break your routines.
- Activities that involve planning ahead, like chess, stimulate the frontal lobe area of the brain.
- Activities like ballroom dance and basketball, train short range spatial skills, used when one walks through a short limited space, like the interior of a house.
- Reading books, and writing
- Activities like learning a new language or painting require the coordinating of multiple regions of the brain.
Mental Fitness in Sport would indicate to the strength of the mind while playing the game. If a player was to have a weak mindset then that can affect his career in the long term. Staying with cricket, Stuart broad is a good example of person with good mental strength. After being belted for 6 towering sixes in an over by Yuvraj Singh, Stuart broad with a weak mental strength would have quit the game due to the incident. Since he was mentally strong he made a comeback into the squad and soon turned into a world class bowler. This never give up attitude is a sign of a healthy mind. A person having a mentally weak mind will be more of a liability than an asset to the team regardless of the talent he/she possesses. The other part of being mentally strong is keeping your emotions in check which VOILA is the next topic.
In Sports, Emotional Fitness means to keep your emotions in check regardless of what happens. E.g. Zinedine Zidane’s head butt in the 2006 World Cup finals is a perfect example. His head butt on Marco Matterazi was the turning point in the match as Zidane was pulling all the right strings with France dominating the match before the dismissal. Zidane’s dismissal also resulted in change of order in penalty kick-takers. Marco was working up Zidane since the start of the match and soon that one moment of emotional weakness cost the game for Zidane’s team.
Being emotionally strong is a huge benefit in sport as it will be hugely discouraging for the opponents who are doing their best to work you up. This is the reason why people like Rahul Dravid, Sachin were never bothered with because the opponents knew there wasn’t going to be a reaction off the ball. Emotional fitness can only be attained by learning to be calm in dire situations. Obviously there are exceptions of people who perform well only when they vent out their emotions. The person needs to be in control of his emotions at all times during the game.
From the above we can see Fitness is of three types and all three are important. Every person needs to be fit in all three aspects of fitness. So tell us do you agree or disagree with us in the comments. Until next post check out our fitness items by clicking here http://goo.gl/gt1tqd or else check our soothing yoga products at http://goo.gl/DAfKrv.