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Health and Lifestyle - Fitness assessment essay (Life Orientation GCSE Task 4)

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Life Orientation 03/03/09 M. Lockyer _________________________________________________________________________________ Through conducting this investigation I have discovered a lot about the importance of achieving and maintaining respectable fitness levels, and the necessity for others to engage in similar physical activities in order us to sustain clean, happy and healthy lifestyles. Health related fitness enables us to carry out everyday activities, helps mental health, curbs stress levels and reduces certain types of cancers and diseases. I am constantly initiating in 7 hours of physical activity a week so i was not expecting to see a vast change in my overall fitness level as i am constantly engaged in physical activity throughout the year. I did however, notice improvements in areas such as upper body strength and stamina. I would not have noticed the change in my stamina level without monitoring and recording the data. ...read more.

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These training zones include the aerobic zone (60%-70%) the Anaerobic zone (80%-90%) and the Red line zone (90%-100%). The Aerobic Zone Training in this zone enhances your cardiovascular system. The bodys ability to transfer oxygen and carbon dioxide away from the heart and musles is developed and strengthened. Training in this zone will make you become fitter and stronger which will improve your aerobatic capacity. The Anaerobic Zone Training in this zone will develop your lactic acid system. In this zone, your individual aerobic threshold is formed; this is sometimes referred to as the point of deflection. At these heart rates, the amount of fat being utilized as the main source of energy is greatly reduced and glycogen stored in the muscle is predominantly used. One of the by- products of burning this glycogen is lactic acid. There is a point at which the body can no longer remove the lactic acid from the working muscles quickly enough. ...read more.

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In order for me to establish a better idea of my improvement in fitness I took my maximum heart rates but this proved difficult at times as it was quite a mission to get an accurate reading in the middle of a training session. The prime fitness requirements for football are strength in the legs in order to be able to kick the ball hard. Muscular is needed so that one can last in a 90 minute game. Flexibility is needed because you need to be able to run and change direction quickly. I feel that throughout this investigation I was definitely able to improve my fitness level and it gave me insight to how important it is to maintain a healthy body. I learnt alot about the technical aspects of fitness such as the link between resting and maximum heart rates and the effects of latric acid. I am also grateful to have been able to learn about the heart rate training zones and how important it is to consider these zones are when one is exercising. ...read more.

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