Various types of exercise and strength training can improve your overall health and well-being and aid in weight loss.
Aerobic exercise in particular can improve heart health and endurance. Strength training or anaerobic exercise can improve muscle strength and endurance, slow disease related decreases in muscle strength and provide stability to joints eg in arthritis, and make it easier to perform daily living activities.
Flexibility exercises can increase range of motion of your joints and stability exercises may decrease the risk of falls and subsequent bone fractures such as with osteoporosis complications. If you suffer from chronic low back pain, you may benefit best from low-impact aerobic exercise such as walking and swimming. If you have exercise-induced asthma, you may choose to do exercises that involve short bursts of activity such as tennis or baseball. If you use an inhaler, be sure to keep it within arm’s reach while you exercise. For those who may have heart disease or haven’t been active in a long time, you want to start slowly and build up gradually.
If you want to increase your level of physical activity, natural athletic ability is not a requirement. Don’t try to become a superstar athlete, worry about getting a “six-pack,” or even joining one of those expensive fitness clubs. Instead, focus on the positive changes to your body and mind. Exercise and physical activity can be simple, almost free and done in the privacy of your own home where you may feel the most comfortable. A big “bang for your buck” can be achieved by simply walking. There are numerous advantages and benefits to walking such as accessibility to almost everyone, doesn’t require special equipment, is free, less likely to lead to injuries as it’s a low impact aerobic exercise, builds aerobic fitness, raises “good” cholesterol, lowers blood pressure and blood sugar, improves mood and reduces stress.