It is an undeniable fact the exercising is key to good health. But most of the time, we tend to limit ourselves to one or two types of activity. We tend to do what we enjoy, or what feels the most effective, so some aspects of fitness are ignored. In reality, we should all be doing a wide variety of exercises. Read on this article as we list what you need to know about each exercise type and offer examples for you to try.
Types of Exercise You Can Try
- Aerobic exercise is the one which speeds up your heart rate and breathing, and is important for many body functions. It gives your heart and lungs a workout and increases endurance. If you’re too winded to walk up a flight of stairs, that’s a good indicator that you need more aerobics to help condition your heart and lungs, and get enough blood to your muscles to help them work efficiently. It also helps relax blood vessel walls, lower blood pressure, and burn body fat, lower blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation, and boost mood. Over the long term, aerobics reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, breast and colon cancer, depression, and falls. Examples of this include brisk walking, swimming, jogging, cycling, dancing, or classes like step aerobics.
- Strength training aims to build the muscle mass we lose as we age. Regular strength training will help you feel more confident and capable of daily tasks like carrying groceries, gardening, and lifting heavier objects around the house. Strength training will also help you stand up from a chair, get up off the floor, and go upstairs. Strengthening your muscles not only makes you stronger, but also stimulates bone growth, lowers blood sugar, assists with weight control, improves balance and posture, and reduces stress and pain in the lower back and joints.
- Stretching helps maintain your flexibility, which was often overlook at the time when your muscles are healthier. But aging leads to a loss of flexibility in the muscles and tendons. Muscles shorten and don’t function properly, which increases the risk for muscle cramps and pain, muscle damage, strains, joint pain, and falling, and it also makes it harder to get through daily activities. Therefore, stretching the muscles routinely makes them longer and more flexible, which increases your range of motion and reduces pain and the risk for injury.