So you’ve decided to pick up an exercising routine? Good for you. It’s way easier deciding to exercise than actually starting and keeping up with exercising though. What seems to lots people as a fun activity is not so much fun to those who depend on it to stay in shape. Despite how hectic exercising can be at times, it is seen as a major preventive measure against diseases like heart disease and not to mention that exercises help in losing weight and of course, looking younger and toned.
In this article, I’ll be taking you through different kinds of workouts you need to know about before starting out.
- Cardiorespiratory Training: This has to do with exercises that raise your heartbeat. Doing cardiorespiratory exercises helps strengthen your respiratory and cardiovascular systems and the individual organs that make up these systems. The both systems work together to distribute oxygen all over the body and maintaining them is very important. The following are examples of Cardiorespiratory exercises:
- Push ups
- Strength or Resistance Training: This type of workout would improve sleep, strength, bone density and stamina and it would help in making everyday activities such as climbing the stairs and lifting objects easier. Use of workout machines, dumb bells, and body weight exercises, medicine balls, suspension trainers, exercise balls are all types of Strength exercises.
- Flexibility Workout: This involves the stretching of muscles in order to improve their functionality and range of motion. The major exercising activities in this category are; Static stretching and dynamic stretching. Static stretching involves stretching a muscle to its furthest point and holding it in that position for at least 15 seconds while dynamic stretching is a random activity in which the muscles go through different ranges of motion. It is often carried out as warming up for another exercise.
- Balance Exercises: This could help in preventing falls and injuries, improve athletic performance and also make everyday activities easier. Exercises in this category are; stationary balance, motion balance and offset balance. Stationary balance is exactly what it sounds like. It means standing on a spot for a couple of minutes without losing balance. Motion balance involves maintaining balance while performing an activity. This activity could be jumping from the ground and being able to land on a platform while maintaining balance. Offset balance involves having each side of your body hold a different amount of weight. You can achieve this by doing a single arm side raise.
- Coordination Exercises: This helps improve your ability to use differently parts of your body smoothly and effectively. Examples of exercises in this category include kicking a ball against a wall and trapping it with your foot as it rebounds, doing jumping lunges with alternating feet.
All these exercises would make you lose weight, keep you healthy and build your physical ability. If you are just starting out, cardiorespiratory exercises would be a fine way to begin and as you become more regular, you could proceed to the other types of workouts. No matter your age or ability, there’s always a workout that is fit for you. However, it is advisable to check with your doctor or a certified trainer before taking on any exercise routine as they are in the best position to know which exercise is best for you.