Exercises for Every Body Type

No matter what kind of body you have - short, tall, thin, husky, lanky - exercise is good for you. While certain exercises might be better for certain body types over others, there are some exercises that are good for all types of bodies, no matter their shape or size. For some of the best exercises for all people, check out these three workouts that can and should be added to everyone’s routine.

Walking

Walking is an activity that is suited for any and every body type and all sorts of ages. It can be done at different paces for different people. It can be done outside on a trail, around the block, on a track, in the gym, on a treadmill, at the mall...the choices are many. Chances are, no matter what your body looks like or what your goals are, you can find a way to make walking work for you. It’s also very low impact, so those with joint or chronic pain problems can enjoy this exercise without the stress.

Swimming

Exercising in the water is a challenge. Water works as resistance, so everything becomes just a little bit more difficult. Water also takes pressure off of your body, so any pain that you may typically experience can gain a lot of benefit from the water. While swimming is a great way to exercise in the water, it’s not the only way. You can also take water aerobics, arthritis classes, water weight classes, and many more. Whatever exercise you do in the water will give your body a workout without the stress, pain, and impact from doing the same exercise on dry ground.

Yoga

When you think about yoga, you might picture an adult woman, with yoga mat, water bottle, and yoga pants in tow. While this picture is common, yoga is actually a great exercise for anyone. For starters, there are many different kinds of yoga...from the very basic to the very difficult. All kinds of yoga focus on breathing techniques and stretching. Don’t be afraid of it just because you think your particular body type isn’t a “yoga body.” How do you think those people got that yoga body? When you are unable to do something, there is a modifier available. If you can’t do a move, the teacher will offer another one. It will challenge the body in a whole new way, but it will also teach you discipline. Yoga can be a great addition to any workout routine for any person.

If you are already comfortable with your routine, great! If you are looking for a little change, however, or you don’t currently have a routine, these exercises are a great place to start. Add these workouts to your routine to give a healthy boost to every body type.

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