Glossary Of Fancy Fitness Terms

If you’re new to exercise, congratulations on taking a major step towards a healthier you! There’s a wealth of knowledge out there about the tons of workout routines, so explore away! To help you on your journey, we’ve broken down some common  but confusing fitness terms, and what the heck they actually mean!

Aerobic – exercise that improves or is intended to improve the efficiency of the body’s cardiovascular system in absorbing and transporting oxygen. Basically, anything that increases your heart rate and makes you sweat.

Baseline Activity – The light-intensity activities of daily life, like walking around or standing up. People who do only baseline activity are considered to be inactive.

Body Composition – the percentages of fat, bone, water and muscle in a body. In other words, what your body is made up of, proportionally.

Intensity – the amount of physical power that the body uses when performing an activity. I.e. how hard an activity is.

Interval Training – exercise where you alternate between two activities, typically requiring different rates of speed or degrees of effort.

Physical Fitness – The ability to carry out tasks without excessive fatigue.

Repetitions – The number of times a weight is lifted, or an exercise repeated.

Resistance Training – Exercise applying resistance to motion, usually using stretch bands or weights.