We all know that exercise is good for us and we ought to make an effort to do some form of physical activity every day. But what exactly should we do? In short, make an effort to mix up your workouts so you're effectively targeting each area of your body.
Endurance activities increase your heart rate and help to improve your fitness, allowing you to be more mobile without getting tired too quickly. This form of exercise improves your overall health - more specifically your heart, lunges, and circulatory system. Endurance activities have also been found to prevent or delay diabetes, colon, breast cancers and heart disease.
Physical activities that build endurance include:
- Fast walking
Strong muscles can help you to remain independent, prevent falls, improve balance and help with carrying out daily tasks such as carrying shopping.
Physical activities that build strength include:
- Lifting weights/kettlebells
- Using resistance bands
- Arm curls
- Glute bridges
It's no surprise that balance exercises improve your balance, as well as lessen your risk of falling.
Physical activities that improve your balance include:
- Heel-to-toe walk
- Standing on one leg
- Sideways walking
- Tai Chi
Stretching can improve your flexibility, and allow you to move more freely - making tasks such as bending down to tie your shoes much easier.
Stretches that improve your flexibility:
- Cobra stretch
- Knee to chest
- Spinal Twist
- Frog stretch
- Sphinx pose
- Child’s post
We recommend scheduling a fitness routine that incorporates all of the above exercises into your week. And remember the worst workout - is not working out at all, so feel proud whenever you make an effort to invest in your health.
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