Asheville NC is into Health and Physical Fitness
Asheville Citizens have ample opportunity to maintain a healthy level of physical fitness with all that Western North Carolina has to offer. First and foremost Asheville offers a community of socially conscious, open minded people who promote positive health choices and therefore a greater level of health consciousness. This atmosphere attracts healers, outdoor enthusiasts, and overall holistically healthy individuals. Secondly, Asheville is an outdoor buff’s dream playground. These extensive and life filled Mountains offer hiking, biking, climbing, whitewater, and skiing among many other wonderful physical activities. With four distinct seasons, there are few athletic activities that Asheville cannot offer its inhabitants.
What is Physical Fitness
Physical Fitness could easily be defined as being in good physical condition or being in shape. However, it can also be thought of as a state well-being or quality of life and also the ability to perform specific aspects of life as to get the most out of each activity that we engage in. This applies to whether we are talking about a passion, sports, occupation, or merely a hobby.
Physiologically, physical fitness is the capacity of the heart, blood vessels, lungs, and muscles to function at optimum efficiency. When our country was in its infancy, fitness was thought of as the ability to carry out the day’s activities without gratuitous fatigue. The Industrial Revolution marked a change in how we as Americans perceive fitness. With changes in lifestyles, more leisure time, and automation, fitness changed from being able to perform one’s duties to the achievement of optimum efficiency.
Attaining Optimum Efficiency or a Healthy Existence
Regular physical activity, proper nutrition, regular mental stimulation, emotional growth, and proper rest for physical recovery are the components that make up a healthy lifestyle. Physically one must work to maintain or improve the following categories of physical fitness:
- Accuracy and Coordination
- Agility and Balance
- Endurance and Stamina
- Flexibility and Speed
- Strength and Power
- Healthy Body Composition Ratio
Asheville has Much to Offer the Health Minded Individual
As mentioned before Asheville has tons to offer and is the outdoor playground of the Southeast. But apart from its natural beauty, Asheville and Western North Carolina have many other fitness opportunities available to its populace. There are literally hundreds of Gyms & Fitness centers, as well as sports leagues, intramural leagues, summer sports programs, summer camps, outward bound programs, athletic clubs, alternative health practitioners, and skilled martial artists living right here in Western North Carolina. Two the better known organizations that promote physical fitness are the YWCA of Asheville and the YMCA of Western North Carolina.
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What the City of Asheville is Doing to Promote Physical Fitness
"The Asheville Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to enhancing your quality of life by providing diverse cultural and recreational experiences."
- Asheville Parks and Recreation Mission Statement
The City of Asheville sponsors after school programs, athletic programs, athletic festivals and events, greenways, outdoor recreation, parks, recreation centers and facilities, senior programs, youth programs, therapeutic recreation, and athletic competitions. For more information visit our Asheville Parks and Recreation page, or the City of Asheville website.