Exercise classified: There are four (4) broad classification of exercise and we’ll be looking at each of them briefly.

Endurance exercise

Endurance exercises also referred to as aerobics, increase your breathing and heart rates. These activities help keep you healthy, improve your fitness, and help you perform the tasks you need to do every day. This will also improve your fitness level. Examples of aerobic exercises include swimming, cycling, football, brisk walking, dancing, biking, running amongst others.

Strength (resistance) exercise

Strength training requires you moving your muscles against some kind of resistance, be it dumb-bells, weight-lifting machines, resistance bands or your own body weight (push ups). It helps you improve your strength and maintain balance. According to experts, having more muscle burns up lots of calories too, so building it up will help you to have a healthy weight.

Flexibility exercises

Flexibility exercises helps to loosen up and stretches your muscles. It gives you freedom of movement. Always stretch slowly and smoothly into the desired position. Forward bend (reaching your chest toward your toes while standing or seated), Yoga, shoulder stretch are examples of flexibly exercises.

Balance Exercises

Balance exercises helps prevent falls. These exercises are especially important to older adults. Exercises to improve your balance are ones that keep you constantly moving with your feet on the ground, the Tai Chi, a “moving meditation” that involves shifting the body slowly, gently, and precisely, while breathing deeply, standing up and sitting down from a chair without using your hands, standing with your weight on one leg and raising the other leg to the side or behind you.

Your personal goals and your motivation usually would determine the intensity of your exercises. However, it’s in your best interest to start off on a slow gentle pace and gradually increase the intensity. This allows your body the chance to get used to the activity.

If you’re also trying to lose weight, you might need to increase the intensity of your exercises, go for more vigorous exercise(s), and also combine your exercises with a lower calorie diet. Do not forget your daily dose of RIDA Bitters too.

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