Balanced Exercise

No one is too young or too old to enjoy the benefits of regular physical activity.

A well-balanced exercise routine should include:

 

  • Aerobic exercise
  • Strength training
  • Flexibility training

Aerobic Activity - A physical activity that increases the heart rate and the body’s use of oxygen.  An activity that  noticeably increases your breathing and heart rate for an extended period of time, but does not leave you breathless. It involves continuous rhythmic movement of your large muscle groups such as walking, jogging, cycling, and swimming.

Strength Training – A process of exercising with progressively heavier resistance for the purpose of strengthening the musculoskeletal system.  Regular strength training increases the size and strength of muscle fibers, which help to support the joints and prevent injuries. Different types of exercises strengthen different muscle groups:

  • Rowing, pull ups, push ups are good for building arm muscles.
  • Cyclings, rowing, squats and leg raises are good for building leg muscles.
  • Rowing, yoga and pilates are good for shapely abs.

Flexibility Training – An exercise method that helps the joints and tendons become more flexible over time and ease the bodies straining during sports and everyday tasks. To become more flexible, slowly bend your arms, legs, torso, neck, and other major muscle groups until there is a slight resistance. A little bit of pain or pressure is normal, but anything more may indicate that the workout is being overdone. Yoga, pilates and pre-exercise stretching will help to improve your flexibility

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