The Different Types of Exercise

 

Add These to Your Regimen for More Success

No two types of exercise serve the same purpose. Some are great for building stamina, some are great for strength, and some are simply great for keeping one’s muscles well maintained. Every body needs different things, which is why every person requires a regimen designed specifically for them. Read below to learn more about the different types of exercise and figure out what might be best for your existing exercise regimen. 

Aerobic

Aerobic exercise is physical activity that increases one’s heart rate and oxygen levels– positively crucial to building endurance. It usually encompasses tasks that require continuous movement, such as running, swimming, and even dancing. 

Strength

The name is the game, when it comes to strength training: these exercises increase muscle power and overall strength. Most strength training pushes you just past your limits to help you grow incrementally stronger. Resistance training, plyometrics, and weightlifting are three key examples.

Calisthenics

For those who don’t have access to gym equipment, calisthenics is a perfect solution. This exercise type relies on using one’s body weight as resistance, which helps increase your metabolic rate, muscular endurance, and aerobic endurance. Great examples include lunges, sit-ups, pushups, and pullups.  

High-intensity interval training (HIIT)

High-intensity interval training (or HIIT) is based around short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by low-intensity exercises or rest periods. This could include running for three minutes and walking for one, or doing burpees for 30 seconds and resting for 15. HIIT burns a higher number of calories in a shorter period of time in comparison to many types of exercise. 

Boot camps

While the physical benefits vary based on the program one uses, boot camps are a great way to get motivated with a specific goal in mind. They are time-based, high-intensity circuits– usually full-body workouts, but again, it can depend. They are one of the more variable options. 

Balance, stability, and flexibility

While pilates, tai chi, and yoga don’t seem like they would get one’s blood pumping, they can be intense– and they are also huge for building balance, stability, and flexibility. These types of exercise are essential to muscle recovery and preventing injury, as they strengthen muscles and improve body coordination. 

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