Health, Exercise and Fitness

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  • The ability to perform daily tasks without undue fatigue.
  • These daily tasks are different for elite performers in comparison to a non-athlete.
  • The fitness requirements also cary depending on the physical activity. e.g. sprinting 100m requires the body to work anaerobically with great strength, speed and power, whereas running a marathon requires good muscular and cardio-respiratory endurance.


  • A state of physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
  • This means an elite performer who has excellent fitness may not be seen as healthy if they suffer from depression. 

Health-related components of fitness


  • aka cardio-respitory endurance, VO2 max or cardiovascular endurance.
  • The ability to take in and use oxygen.
  • Three factors - how effectively an individual can expire and inspire, how effective the transportation of oxygen is from the lungs to the muscles, and how well the oxygen is then used.


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