4 Types of Exercise

There are 4 types of exercise you need to include in your training each week. Sometimes we can make the mistake of only focusing on one type of exercise but it is important to include all four. They each have their own health benefits and I believe that having a variety will keep you motivated. Personally, I enjoy Yoga, HIIT Group Training, Swimming, Weight Training (dumbbell workouts) and I have recently started to enjoy running and would like to start cycling.

1. Endurance/Cardio

There are may types of cardio/endurance training you can do; it doesn’t have to always be running on the treadmill. You should aim for at least, 30 minutes per day for 5-6 days per week.

  • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
  • Running/Jogging
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Walking
  • Active Sports
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Boxing
  • I prefer to go to the gym and take part in Group Training HIIT Classes but when I can’t get to the gym, I do this HIIT Workout at home.

2. Strength Training

Strength Training is very important but it shouldn’t be the only type of exercise you do. So what type of exercise is involved with strength training?

  • Bodyweight Exercises
  • Lifting Weights

Check out this article from Healthline >>> How to start lifting weights

  • Resistance Training

 Check out this article from Better Health >>> Resistance Training Health Benefits

3. Balance

Balance is very important for overall health and can be done with Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi.

I have been doing Yoga with Adriene for over 5 years and I love it!

Here is my favourite workout with Adriene.

She is also great at teaching beginners.

4. Stretching/Flexibility

Stretching is very important because it will prevent injuries and help you with your flexibility. Include stretching in your warm up: this will get your blood flowing and your muscles warmed up. Be sure to stretch after each workout. Here are 4 of my favourite stretching and flexibility videos on YouTube.

Find what works for you

Physical Training is all about finding what works for you and doing what you love to do but be sure to include these 4 types of exercise in your weekly routine. My top 3 choices are Yoga, HIIT and Lifting. It gives me a variety of exercises to choose from and I don’t ever get bored because I switch it up.

Sometimes, I really enjoy doing a Bedtime Yoga routine because it helps me unwind and relax after a long day. I enjoy doing a full on HIIT workout at my gym first thing in the morning because it gets me pumped for the day. My third pick is using dumbbells/kettle bells in a workout because it gives you that extra push and makes me feel strong!

Fitness helps with Self-Esteem

Working out and moving your body in various ways van really boost our self-esteem and confidence! Studies have proven that exercise releases endorphins and can cause us a lot of happiness and joy..maybe not during LOL but I can tell you that after you have finished your workout you will feel amazing, strong and empowered!

After a great workout, I feel like I can take on the world and it gives me such a massive confidence boost because I know I have accomplished something amazing! Having self-confidence and self-esteem is one of the major benefits of a new health journey. It isn’t just about the number on the scale, it’s about you feeling good about yourself…no matter what size you are!

You can also check out the blog post: 7 Bible Verses about Fitness

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