Get the Most Out of Your Exercise Routine Today

Author: Shannon Miller

Different types of physical activity allow you to accomplish different things.

So, a mixture of different activities is optimal for your health and will also keep you motivated to exercise regularly.

  • It’s a good idea to have both aerobic and strength-training exercises built into your exercise routine.
  • Throw in a little stretching for a well rounded workout!

Try some of these activities to help you get started:

Aerobic – these activities will get your heart rate up and your blood pumping; they will move your large muscles in your legs, arms, and hips over and over again.  Some good examples include:

Strength-training – these activities will improve the strength and endurance of your muscles.  Examples that involve equipment include:

  • Weight machines
  • Free weights
  • Resistance bands

TIP:  If you don’t want to use any equipment, good ole push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups are good options. Use your own body weight to help build your muscles.

Stretching improves flexibility, which means you will be able to move more easily.  It’s a good idea to stretch after your muscles are warmed up a little bit – doing it before may lead to injury. If you’re new to stretching check out Shannon’s Stretching To-Go book for a variety of exercises that will help you get started at any level.

Now, let’s look at the best way to combine aerobic and strength-training exercises each week in order to reap the health benefits of each…

  • 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (i.e. you should notice and increase in heart rate but still be able to talk comfortably)
  • OR 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise (i.e. your heart rate increases a lot and it is difficult to carry on a conversation)
  • OR a combination of moderate and vigorous aerobic exercise AND muscle strengthening activities 2 or more days/week.

TIP:  So, mix things up this week in order to get the most out of your exercise routine!

Source:  “Does the Type of Physical Activity I Choose Matter?” – The Federal Government Source for Women’s Health Information

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