Did you know your workout routine needs variety just like your diet? Variety keeps you from plateauing and keeps you well- rounded! I am going to break down the different types of exercises that you can do and SHOULD incorporate into your fitness plan!
Yes, this counts! Without stabilization and flexibility we are prone to falling and becoming injured. Flexibility is crucial for increasing range of motion as it typically becomes worse with age. Now your asking what can you do? Try yoga. It is great for relaxation but also works on stabilization and flexibility!
2) CARDIOVASCULAR TRAINING!
Might seem like a no brainer, but it is important to train the one muscle you definitely can't see; your heart!
Cardiovascular training is important as it helps reduce fat, increase lung capacity, gives you more energy during the day and helps you sleep better at night, and helps reduce stress. Cardio training is one of the easiest things to get into your day because you don't need any equipment! Get on your shoes and go for a jog or walk!
3) RESISTANCE TRAINING!
This is a word I live by. I believe that strength training is extremely underrated. Resistance training can help with bone density (hello osteoporosis), decrease body fat, increase lean muscle, increase core strength, decrease visceral fat, can help with increased range of motion and body mechanics. Stregth training can help you burn more calories during the day compared to any other type of exercise! Now are you starting to see the good?!
4) POWER TRAINING!
Not everyone goes into this category, but it shouldn't go un-noted. Power training is mostly seen by athletes or very advanced fitness enthusiasts, however more and more fitness professionals are starting to incorporate it with everday people. Power training focuses on speed and weight of the exercise. Basically, how fast can you complete a movement (with good form) with the heaviest weight. However, things are starting to change as the average person is beginning to add power training into their regiment. This type of training can help increase reflexes and in turn, be useful shall you need to react quickly (for ex: falling). Think of sitting down on a hot seat and standing up really quickly - that would be a power movement.
There are many different trends that fall into each of these categories. Making sure you have a variety in your workout routine. Keeping your workouts constantly changing and varations will keep you progressing.
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In good health,
Cristina Walterman, owner of CW Physique, let's you in on fitness and nutrition tips, recipes, exercises and much more. With over 8 years of experience in the industry, she loves to inspire and motivate individuals. She always practices what she preaches and leads by example.