In a more general meaning, physical fitness
is a general state of good somatic health and abilities.
A handicapped person may nevertheless be physically
fit. Fitness helps them to compensate disability.
Physical fitness is usually a result of regular
physical activity, e.g., physical exercise, and proper nutrition.
Cardio is a type of fitness designed to improve
A person may be said to be physically fit to
perform a particular task with a reasonable efficiency, for example,
fit for military service.
In recent years, Military-style fitness training
programs have become increasingly popular among civilians. Courses
are available all over the US and Europe.
They are usually taught by ex-military personnel.
Very often the instructors held highly regarded positions within
various military organizations. Often times the instructors were
formerly Drill instructors, Special Forces Operatives or held
otherwise distinguished positions.
These courses always have some common elements.
They often focus on military style calisthenics and group runs.
The courses are often held very early in the morning and will
meet in almost any weather. Students can expect push-ups, sit-ups,
pullups, and jumping jacks, as well as more obscure drills such
as flutter kicks, sun worshippers and flares. Almost invariably
a workout will include short runs while longer runs are more scheduled.
Special forces are renowned for their level of fitness and intensity
of their workouts.