There are different types of physical activity, and it is important to include each kind into your routine to improve your overall health and well-being.
Aerobic: Your breathing and heart rate will increase which helps keep your heart, lungs and circulatory system healthy. Examples of aerobic exercise include a brisk walk, swimming and riding a bike.
Aerobic activities can be separated further into low, moderate and vigorous intensity.
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Muscle & Bone Strengthening: Uses resistance to build bones and muscles for strength, power and endurance. Examples of strength exercises include lifting weights, digging in the garden and carrying groceries.
Flexibility: Stretching helps flexibility and can improve the full range of motion in your joints. Examples of flexibility exercises include touching your toes, doing side stretches and practicing yoga.
Balance: Balance exercises can help prevent falls. Examples of balance exercises are tai chi, walking heel to toe and standing on one foot.
Before starting any physical activity program, be sure to talk with your doctor about the types and amounts of physical activity that are right for you.