Different Kinds of Fitness: Which Is Right For You?

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When you lead an active life that includes exercise and a healthy diet, you look better and you feel better. Your are at a lower risk for disease, including heart attack, diabetes, some types of cancer, stroke and high blood pressure. Exercise can also help you feel better emotionally by improving self-esteem and creating a sense of well-being. Sometimes it can be hard to find the time to exercise or to find a type of exercise you not only enjoy doing but one that will be right for you. There are so many ways to exercise, but how do you know what kind of exercise program will work for you? Choose the type of exercise that fits your lifestyle and will help you reach your fitness goals. 
Muscle strengthening is a type of exercise where the focus is on stronger muscles and building muscle tissue. Stronger muscles can help you lift heavier objects or to work and exercise longer before tiring. Muscle strengthening exercises include push-ups, sit-ups, isometric exercises and lifting weights. 

Aerobic exercise helps improve your lungs and your heart. Aerobic exercise increases the amount of oxygen to the cells of your body, especially to your muscles. Exercise that increases your breathing and heart rate is aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise is most effective when you sweat and exercise for 30 minutes or more. Examples of aerobic exercise include dancing, running, jogging and bicycling. 
Flexibility is important to help you avoid injury and remain active without becoming sore and stiff. Stretching exercises help to improve flexibility. Stretching before exercise can help you to avoid injury during your workout. Stretching after a vigorous workout helps your body cool down and may help you avoid sore muscles.
Balance exercises help improve your posture as well as  your balance. Good balance can help you avoid injury during exercise. Poor posture can lead to back pain.Examples of balance exercises include standing on one leg for 30 seconds or longer, standing on your toes, balancing your body on your heels and standing on a balance board or a foam stability mat.  
The best fitness program will include all four types of exercise. Some activities, like swimming, bicycling, sports and yard work, include aerobic, strength, flexibility and balance exercise. When you choose activities or select an exercise program, do what you enjoy. You will be more likely to make exercise a habit if you have fun doing it. 

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About Robin R.
I’m an AFPA certified personal trainer & nutrition consultant, NASM certified corrective exercise specialist, NASM certified youth exercise specialist, online fitness coach and freelance writer specializing in health and fitness. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health. I specialize in weight loss, functional strength training, total body toning, aerobic conditioning, plyometric training, nutrition planning, and home-based boot camp style workouts for women. My goal is to make every personal training session fun and effective for my clients. My services include both in-home personal training and online fitness coaching.

One Response to Different Kinds of Fitness: Which Is Right For You?

  1. Danny Scott says:

    Thank you Robin for sharing this interesting article i am doing aerobic step exercise and i really feel good after exercise

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