Combining different types of exercise can reduce the risk of injury and increase the benefits of physical activity tenfold. A look back at 4 types of exercises to keep in shape and regain motivation.
When we think about sports, we sometimes have extreme images that come to mind. Stress, sweating, suffering… these negative ideas can weigh heavily on our motivation. However, it is not only the activities that accelerate our heart rate that keep us in shape. Three other types of exercise are just as important: strength training, balance and stretching.
Each type of exercise is essential and provides a completely indispensable complement to maximize the benefits of the workout and limit the risk of injury. Strengthening the muscles, for example, protects the joints, and working on balance uses muscle strength and coordination to stabilize movement. It is impossible to do these exercises when you lack flexibility, which is why it is best to vary each workout. Some sports, such as yoga, make it possible to incorporate all of these exercises. Otherwise, here are other ideas to combine at will.
Physical activities such as running, swimming or dancing keep the cardiovascular system working and increase our heart rate and breathing. This type of exercise reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and some cancers.
Weight training exercise
Lifting weights, doing push-ups and abdominals, and working the resistance helps to increase and strengthen muscle mass. Muscles burn more calories than any other organic tissue, so it is important to exercise when you want to lose weight and monitor your diet.
By working on our balance, we help our body maintain a good position and better control its stability. This type of exercise is particularly important for the elderly, pregnant women and people who have gained weight, in order to refocus their gravity.
Stretching exercises can be static (the pose is taken and held for several seconds or even minutes) or dynamic (limbs and joints remain in motion). They help stretch muscles and improve movement in the joints. They also reduce the risk of injury during sports or other activities