There’s no single exercise routine that’s right for every person. For one thing, different ages and physical conditions limit what some people can do, at least when they first start working out. In addition, people have different goals for their workout. Some want to lose weight and build muscle while others just want to work out as part of a healthy lifestyle. It’s important to tailor a workout for a person’s specific needs and goals and not pigeonhole them into pre-set routines.
First step: Define your Why?(What motivates you as an individual to become healthier) Second step: What are your goals?
Why is exercise important?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. They maintain that regular exercise helps to control your weight, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reduce your risk of some cancers and even improve your mood. The CDC even goes so far as to say that regular exercise will help you live longer.
Types of exercise
Although there’s no denying that physical activity is important to one’s overall health, there is not one routine everyone should follow. It’s important to understand your situation and goals. A person’s age, weight, lifestyle and exercise goals all go into determining the type of workout that’s best for them. When you identify these key factors, it will help guide you to the correct exercise. Below are just a few of the types of exercise you may want to incorporate into your routine.
Cardiovascular — Cardiovascular activity is exercise that elevates your heart rate and improves your body’s ability to move oxygen through your blood vessels. Such exercise is designed to improve your stamina, breathing and lung capacity. Example exercise: Running and walking
Strength/resistance training — Strength or resistance training involves using any type of resistance to increase the muscle mass in a certain part of the body. This type of exercise is not just for bodybuilders. Strength training helps improve your posture, your stamina and the health of your bones. It also helps build lean muscle which can burn more fat. Example exercise: biceps curls and squats
Flexibility training — Flexibility training helps improve the range of motion in your tendons and joints, making it easier for you to move naturally and fluidly. The primary type of flexibility training is stretching exercises and yoga. Example exercise: foam roll and stretching
· Balance training — Balance exercises improve your coordination and your agility. These are especially important to older adults as better balance helps to prevent falls. Example exercise: lunge to balance or step up to balance
Developing the workout routine that works best for you will likely take a little time. However, your efforts will be repaid with improved health, greater strength, flexibility and range of movement.