What exercise is good for you?
Exercise, like good food, should give pleasure as well as do you good. The pleasure is the fueling force; this is why it is important to find an activity that suits your personality, schedule and physical capabilities.
The term workout has replaced the phrase “exercising the body’’ which makes a lot of people zoom out themselves, feeling it should be for selected physically fit individuals and not every person.
Any physical activity that uses the muscles of the body, according to the encyclopedia is an exercise. Therefore, It includes all kinds of activity such as foot ball, baseball and swimming or other movement that put body muscles to work.
Exercise is important at every stage in life: for growth in young children and to maintain good health in adult.
Today, machines have taken over most of the difficult tasks of humans, “which is quite sweet. Imagine climbing those fifty flight of stairs at work. It won’t be funny”. Because of this, it is important to make deliberate effort to exercise the body.
The effects of exercise are often noticeable. Persons who obtain the proper amount and kinds of exercise usually stand out physically and mentally. It increases the sense of balance and the general strength, power, and endurance of the body.
Now you want to start exercising but you are probably asking which kind of exercise you will be doing since you can’t afford the gym, maybe your weight is a barrier; everyone at the gym is slim except you. You feel you are not strong enough for weights.
There are different types of exercise that will fit anyone whatever your situation is.
Aerobics, famously know as cardio is the type of physical exercise that depends primarily on the energy generating process – which is oxygen.
In the gym, using the treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical machine, elastic band are all aerobic kind of aerobic exercise.
Outside the gym, aerobic activities includes activities like running, cycling, and swimming. It’s a way of trying to extend your limits to improve self image.
So, this kind of exercise is recommended for persons who like simple exercise, which are specifically out door and take a short time.
Someone who likes exercising alone- yes, some people like to exercise alone because of their low competitive nature and many other personal reasons
People who have any form of physical weakness or injury should try to avoid this type of exercise.
Aerobics are beneficial for cardiovascular endurance; they strengthen your heart and lungs, improving overall stamina.
There is always room for improvement with continuous practice
All activities of dancing to music; think of them: zuma, hip-pop etc, are found under this category.
This kind of physical activity is recommended for those who think they are unatheletic, artistic or musical- especially if you are sociable and like working with a team and a teacher.
Aerobic dance is beneficial for flexibility; through warm ups, abdominal muscles are also strengthen but they are not the kind of activity to increase the upper body.
They also help to increase the cardiovascular endurance.
Calisthenics involves stretching and toning of the body muscles which improves posture and stride. It can provide the benefits of muscular and aerobic conditioning, in addition to improving psychomotor skills such as balance, agility and coordination
If you are self disciplined and like to exercise on your own or you are on a rigid schedule, since you can do calisthenics anywhere. It is for those who like mechanical non taxing exercise; some people do not like strenuous exercise they will always prefer to go easy.
This is a kind of exercise practically for anyone.
This exercise improves over all flexibility; it builds strength though not as much as in lifting weights. On its own, it does not provide cardiovascular endurance except supplemented with a program of running or jumping ropes.
Yoga is a kind of exercise that emphasizes body awareness and so encourages physical self respect; it helps to become more aware of body function and posture.
It is recommended if you have problems with muscular tension; if you lead a pressured , highly stressed life. Most importantly, if you want exercise for the mind as well as the body with the advantage of working alone.
It is also for someone that cannot do vigorous physical activity and you are patient.
Flexibility is one of the main benefits of yoga; it also improves muscular strength though on a minimal level, yoga also does little for cardiovascular endurance.
If you want visible results quickly, perhaps you like exercising in the gym, with the advantage of working alone is if you can afford gym fees.
Strength is the main fitness benefit of lifting weight. Cardio vascular endurance and flexibility can also be achieved if the machines are used correctly.
The martial art promotes physical and emotional self awareness and foster self defense expertise.
This exercise is recommended if you are adventurous and patient, if you want a discipline that involves a lot of body contact and physicality. And if you want to develop your self defense capability.
Source: book of stress survival by Alix Kirsta