Have you heard the phrase ‘Use it or lose It’? It’s true! If you don’t use your body, you will surely lose it!
Exercise is the miracle therapy our body has always had, but for too long we have refused to take our recommended dose. Our health is now suffering as a consequence.
Whatever your age, there is strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life. People who do regular physical activity have a lower risk of many chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and even some types of cancers.
Have you at times wondered which form of exercise should you opt for? Different types of exercise give emphasis to different elements of physical fitness. The various forms of exercise are as follows:
Strength training (weights/using resistance band/own body weight)
Flexibility exercises help your muscles and joints by enhancing their range of motion. Stretching and many yoga poses are forms of flexibility exercise. Flexibility exercises stretch out your muscles to help prevent shortening and subsequent injuries.
Strength training/Anaerobic/Weight training
Strength exercises make your muscles stronger. Even a small increase in strength can make a big difference in your ability to function well. Besides, strength training also helps in shedding extra body weight.
Resistance training is any exercise that causes the muscles to contract against an external resistance. It helps to build up strength, tone, mass, and/or endurance. The external resistance can be dumbbells, resistance tube, your own body weight, bottles of water, or any other object that causes the muscles to contract.
Cardiovascular training is often referred to as “cardio” or “aerobics “as it recruits the cardiovascular and respiratory systems (heart, blood vessels and lungs). The goal of a cardiovascular programme is to burn fat. It includes both machine and non-machine exercises such as walking on a treadmill, elliptical, rowing, walking, swimming, jumping jack and skipping. Cardiovascular training can be done with moderate intensity 3 to 4 times a week for a duration of 20 to 60 minutes.