Four Types of Effective Exercise
By Debra Rodzinak
What type of exercise regime is best? If you find yourself asking this question, you need to understand the different types of exercise and what each type does. A well-balanced workout incorporates different forms of exercise. This “change up” challenges the body in different ways, helps to avoid injury from overuse, and develops an overall higher level of physical fitness. The degree and amount of the varying exercises will depend on your overall goals.
Performing continuous movements for at least 20 minutes with large muscle groups like cycling, jogging, swimming, or walking will help increase a person’s weight lost by burning fat. If a person wants to increase their cardiorespiratory endurance, aerobic exercise is also useful. According to the National Federation of Personal Trainers, extended low-intensity aerobic exercise workouts that last almost an hour are perfect for weight loss. This make sense. The longer your workout is using a large muscle group, the more calories you burn and the more weight you lose.
Performing fewer, but more intense, muscle contractions as found in weightlifting, will provide the largest strength gains. It is estimated that to increase the strength in a muscle, a person will need to exhaust the muscle in no more than 15 repetitions. Many popular workouts combine aerobic and anaerobic exercises to dramatically realize weight loss and increase muscle mass.
Increasing the range of motion in the body through stretching with yoga poses has been very popular to obtain flexible joint movement and muscle looseness. When muscles and joints are loose, injury is not as prevalent. Bad habits such as poor posture can shorten muscles over time, causing pain and discomfort in the body. Many athletes include flexibility poses in their workouts to aid in recovery after a workout and stave off future injury.
Enhancing the control of your body and how it moves is achieved with stability exercise. Core training is one example of a way people increase their balance and agility. By strengthening key muscles (like the ones around your waist), less energy is needed to lift more weight or move the body. With a more powerful and stable body, less energy is lost in a workout from involuntary muscle and joint movements.
Whatever combination of exercises you are planning in your weekly workouts, make sure to stop by The Joint first. With a quick and gentle adjustment, the body will be more ready to handle the new stress any workout places on it.
With no annoying insurance forms to fill out or the headache of trying to remember appointment dates and times, just drop by The Joint during their many convenient office hours during the week or weekend. Let the trusted experts at The Joint put your workout on the right track with an adjustment.