The Most Important Types of Exercise
By Sara Butler
Exercise is important in order to maintain good health, but many people tend to limit the kind of activity they participate in to just a couple of different things, especially older folks. People find an exercise they like, that makes them feel good, and they stick with it. There are four types of exercises that are important to your health as you get older, and you should be working to incorporate them into your life as long as your doctor says you’re healthy enough.
Type No. 1: Aerobic
Aerobic exercise speeds up your heart and increases your breathing. It’s really important to your heart and lungs, and also helps to increase your endurance. If you’re out of shape and can’t walk up a flight of stairs without getting totally winded, then you need more aerobic exercise. It helps your heart to get enough blood to your muscles to help them work more efficiently.
Aerobic exercise is also good for relaxing the walls of your blood vessels, which can help to lower your blood pressure, lower blood sugar, boost your mood, burn body fat, and reduce inflammation. That’s why, in the long run, aerobic exercise is a great way to lower your risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and some types of cancer.
Type No. 2: Strength Training
Strength training helps to build muscle mass, which people lose as they age. It can help you to retain mobility as you age and stimulate bone growth too. It can improve your balance, help you maintain a healthy weight, improve your posture, and reduce pain in your joints.
Type No. 3: Stretching
Stretching is important to help you maintain your flexibility, which becomes even more important as you age. As you get older, you’re at an increased risk of muscle cramps, muscle strain, joint pain, and falling. A regular stretching program can help to make daily tasks easier and increase your range of motion to ultimately reduce your risk of injury.
Type No. 4: Balance Exercise
Improving your balance is very important since it can help to prevent falls. The systems in the body that help to maintain balance break down as you get older. The losses of function you experience in your inner ear, legs, joints, and vision can be prevented with balance exercises.
Try out some yoga or tai chi to help with balance. And don’t forget that even if you don’t have problems with balance, it’s never too early to start this kind of exercise!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.