The kind of exercise a person needs is really bio individual. What I mean by that is that the type of exercise you need in particular depends on you as an individual. Your body will need different exercises at different times and different ages. This is the case because of our genetics, health and lifestyle differences. Having said that, most bodies still do need 3 components of exercise to feel strong and thrive at their best. The first component of that is cardiovascular endurance. Increasing your cardiovascular endurance is always one sure thing that a person needs for proper exercise. In order to increase your cardio endurance you need to breathe a lot and break into a sweat. These include things like bicycling, running, skating, swimming or even dancing around your house. You don’t need it to be an actual sport or be in a class but moving to the point where you can still talk with someone but you’re breathing heavier and deeper than normally is key to building good cardiovascular endurance.
The next part of exercise that we all need is called resistance training. Resistance training is working with your muscles to break down the fibers so they will grow back more strongly. You can most commonly accomplish this by lifting weights but you can also do this by using the movements and weight of your own body doing things like Pilates at home or in a class. The last component we need is one that some people tend to neglect a little bit. This important component is stretching. As your building your muscle fibers and building a stronger body you need to stretch them out on a regular basis so that you don’t become stiff and stretching helps a lot when trying to prevent injuries while you’re working out.
To have healthy body the USDA suggests 45-60 minutes of exercise a day. If you’re trying to lose weight you’re suggested to exercise up to 90 minutes each day. Getting the right amount of exercise can actually help you manage stress. Vigorous physical exercise is one of the best ways there is to discharge existing stress from your mind and body. Typically with exercise we tend to get into a rut. It’s a very easy thing to let happen. You find something you like doing and try to do that every day but within a few weeks or a few months we get really burned out and tired of it. One of the first things you need to do is to increase your variety. Try as many different forms of exercise you can do. Don’t go to the gym 5 days a week unless you really, really love going to the gym. During warmer months if you live in a place where you can get outside; go outside and vary it with walking or changing your walking speed. You might even be comfortable jogging or even roller skating. Another way to get exercise in is just to think about increasing your movement. Add more movement to your day; park your car further away from the grocery store or take the stairs instead of the elevator at work. You may not be able to go to the gym 5 days a week but if you can find a way to get in a little exercise 3-4 times a day you’re doing great.