We learned about what is fit, cardio-vascular endurance, flexibility, body composition, and muscle strength in P.E. Fit means that you can move your body like doing sports and healthy. For example, I do sports like volleyball and practice it twice a week. Also, I run in the park with my sister and get exercise. To run long distances, our Cardio-vascular endurance needs to be strong. Cardio-vascular endurance is how strong your heart is. It can potentially make you live more and makes you keep energy and stamina. You can test your cardio-vascular endurance by running 12 minutes. For example, you can run as many laps as you can by 12 minutes in a park and measure your distance and see if you are under average, normal, or over the average. I learned that flexibility is how much you are flexible. Flexible means that you are not stiff like being able to do splits. I think I am flexible because I do ballet, splits, and put my legs up high. You can test your flexibility by touching your feet and putting your hands as far as you can. I also learned about muscular strength too. It is about how strong your muscles are. You can test your muscles by doing sit-ups, and push-ups. Also, you can try to lift dumbbells and try heavier ones after you get comfortable with the ones you are doing right now.
In many kinds of sports, we need cardio-vascular endurance, flexibility, and muscular strength. Cross country, basketball, and swimming are some examples that need cardio-vascular endurance. In these sports, we use our leg muscles. For cross country and basketball, we need to run. We can shoot more goals in basketball and run faster in crosscountry, and swim long distance without getting so tired in swimming. Some sports that need flexibility are ballet, gymnastics, and cheerleading. We need to be flexible to do skills like doing splits while jumping and put our legs up high. I think it can prevent injuries so we won’t get big injuries than stiff people. One example of a sport that need muscular strength is weight lifting. You have to build up your body and have strong muscles. If we have strong muscles, we can carry heavy things and be helpful. As you can see, there are many sports that need the four things.
The reasons you should test your fitness is because you can set goals and improve on things that you are not really good at. I set one goal for cross-country. My goal was not to stop running even I am tired. The another goal was to be able to do 10 push-ups in a row. I always get tired before doing 10 so I want to be able to do it. My third one is to be able to swim 100m without getting tired. I was able to do 100m before but I got really tired and it was quite a long time ago so I want to be able to swim not getting tired and have a lot of energy left.
When I did the tests in P.E., I thought I was good at flexibility and cardio-vascular endurance. I thought I needed to improve on my muscular strength because I couldn’t do real push-ups and I had a hard time doing the push-ups and sit-ups. Now, I know what I need to work on so I will try to do at least 1 minute of push-ups and sit-ups everyday.