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What Are the Best Exercises for Good Health?

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

The key to getting full benefits from a fitness plan is to mix flexibility and balance exercises, strength training, and cardio training. You'll get health benefits and don't lose focus on your fitness goals as the exercises are not monotonous and are varied and interesting.

The main challenge is to develop a fitness plan and stick to it. The biggest motivation for developing a habit for exercise is experiencing the results such as improving your energy, sleep, mood, trimming your waistline, or easing symptoms of depressions, stress, and anxiety.

You can join a gym or access free online fitness programs to carve out an exercise routine that fits your physical needs.

Flexibility and Balance

Flexibility enables the body's joints to move freely during a full extent of motion. Whether you're still or moving around, balance maintains stability.

Yoga, Pilates, and stretching are some of the exercises that may help you with good flexibility. To improve balance, you can do yoga, Pilates, tai chi, and do exercises such as standing on one leg or walking backward.

They may help prevent balance problems, promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, and prevent back pain. Balance exercises may improve body posture and lowers the risk of falling in older people.

Strength Training

Some of the other names for strength training are resistance or power training. It builds up muscles by repetitively doing the exercise using elastic bands, weight machines, free weights, or your own body weight. It's often done at a fast pace to increase strength and reaction times.

Some of the strength training activities include shoulder presses using kettlebells, dumbbells, resistance bands, or tubes. You can use bodyweight as resistance, such as squats, curls, push-ups, and pull-ups.

Cardio Exercise

Cardiovascular exercises may strengthen your heart and muscles, help increase lung capacity, and improve stamina and endurance. Brisk walking, running, stair climbing, hiking, cycling, rowing, dancing, and playing tennis, soccer, and basketball are some of the cardio activities.

Cardio exercise may help you lose weight by burning calories and controlling your appetite. It controls blood sugar, reduces blood pressure, and lowers the risk of falls in older adults. It may help prevent cognitive decline, improve memory and thinking, and control symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Regular cardio exercise may boost your mood, release tension, and improve your quality of sleep. It may reduce stiffness and joint pain.

Cardio exercises burn calories more efficiently and may help manage your weight. It may reduce body fat and trim your waistline. It may prevent loss of bone density and release endorphins that relieve stress, improve mood, and lower depression and anxiety symptoms. Doing cardio exercises may help improve your mobility, balance, and flexibility.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Loveland, Colo.

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