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The Four Main Types of Exercise

Before fully delving into exercise, you need to know more about the kind of exercise you will need. Exercise is a broad term used to describe any activity that maintains or enhances the body’s physical fitness. In general, it has four categories. These categories are discussed extensively below to aid you in choosing and carrying out your perfect workout.

  1. Aerobic

Aerobic exercises can also be called endurance exercises. The purpose of these exercises is to give your heart and lungs a workout. At the end of these exercises, your heart may be beating loudly and breathing heavier than usual; however, this is fairly normal. These exercises challenge your heart and lungs to build up your endurance, which in turn makes everyday activities easier for you. Going up staircases will not be a problem if you focus on doing your aerobic exercises.

Some examples of this category include:

  • Brisk walking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  1. Flexibility

Your body’s flexibility deteriorates as you age; this increases the risk of muscle pain and cramps. Additionally, you may find it hard to do menial things such as tying your shoestrings or reaching to pick up a fallen pen. Through flexibility exercises, you work to maintain and enhance the current flexibility you have. You have to take care not to overstretch yourself, though; stretching until you are in pain does not contribute to your overall flexibility and rather, takes away from it.

Some examples of this category include:

  • Knee rotation
  • Yoga
  • Shoulder and upper arm stretch
  • Static stretches
  1. Balance

Another aspect of your body that declines over time is your balance. With balance exercises, you strengthen your core in order to lessen the risk of falls and slip-ups. Balance-focused classes are sometimes offered at gyms; additionally, you can consult a physical therapist to determine what specific exercises you should do to alleviate your weaknesses.

Some examples of this category include:

  • Tai Chi
  • Standing on one foot
  • Heel to toe walking
  • Sideways walking
  1. Strength

Strength training aids you in your everyday activities. If you do strength exercises continuously, your bones and muscles will be well maintained. Bringing all the groceries in one trip will not be a problem!

You may feel fatigued after a strength workout, but the fatigue is a sign that you have exercised your muscles effectively. You may also consult with a physical therapist if you want to train your body’s strength selectively

Some examples of this category include:

  • Weight-lifting
  • Squatting
  • Using resistance machines
  • Using resistance bands

Some activities may be a combination of two or more of these categories. Ideally, you should alternate between these categories. This makes every workout different and exciting while keeping all aspects of your body well exercised and maintained; additionally, it also reduces the risk of injury through overworking certain parts of your body. By keeping these categories and the benefits each has, you can personalize your workouts to a completely new level!



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