4 Basic Types of Exercise

안녕하세요, family and friends. Today we’re going to discuss the 4 basic types of exercise.

This post follows the information we’ve talked about on How do you even start working out?

Before we get on with the list, I would like to pose a question. What is exercise, in your opinion?

Exercise is a subset of physical activity. It is planned, structured, and repetitive. And has as a final or an intermediate objective the improvement or maintenance of physical fitness.

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4 Basic Types of Exercise

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1. Warm-Up Exercises

The main goal for this exercise is to get your body muscles ready for any activities you have.

Warm-Up exercises increase your blood flow and wake up your muscles. So, it is vital that you warm-up before doing any activity or exercise.

Warm-up exercises also prevent injuries. Cold tissues are brittle and can easily be torn, thus warm-ups are vital.

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2. Stretching Exercises

The main purpose of this exercise is to increase mobility and/or flexibility.

Stretching is designed to lengthen or elongate shortened soft tissue structures and increase range of motion.

A warm-up before stretching is still vital to prevent injuries or soreness after an activity/exercise.

At the same time, stretching promotes mobility, the ability to move with ease and no restriction. It ensures that the muscles are loose and doesn’t shorten or tighten. It can cause injury or intense pain in the respective joints or muscles.

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3. Resistance Exercises

The main goals for resistance exercises could be one of these three: strength, power and endurance. In addition, doing resistance exercise can enhance our over-all physical performances in daily activities and other recreational activities.

Resistance training is when a muscular contraction is resisted by outside forces. This includes the use of weighted bags, weight machines, free weights and it can also be your own body weight.

It is advisable to see a professional (physiotherapist) before a new exercise program. This is because each person has very specific body needs.

This type of exercise has a lot of potential benefits, including:

  • Decrease stress on joints and risk of injury
  • Enhanced feeling of well-being – improving your mood and confidence
  • Improve your posture
  • Improve your mobility and flexibility, keeping you younger xp
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4. Balance Exercises

Balance Training is beneficial to everyone. It’s for children, athletes and people with balance impairments.

Some types of balance exercises can be done anywhere and at any time. For older adults and those at risk of falls, more than 3 times a week of balance exercise is ideal. However, much like resistance exercises, it is also advisable to seek a professional. This is especially if you feel as though your balance is causing a lot more distress than it should.

Overall, these are only basic types of exercises. In a professional setting, there are a lot more specific types of exercise that are used. Again, this is because each person has their own physical differences. Although, home exercises are preferable to most we always have to be careful.

Make sure that you have enough space to move around in. Keep a bottle of water handy. Wear comfortable clothes. Warm-up is vital. When doing resistance training make sure you have a spotter. So that someone can call you out if your form isn’t good. Thus, helping you to perform your exercise safely.

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8 Thoughts on “4 Basic Types of Exercise

    1. Stretching and dancing two of my favourite types too! Especially when you have some good background music as you do your exercise! Thank you too! 😀

    1. Thank you so much for your feedback! Yes, that is a type of aerobic exercise so I’m happy for you 😀 Keep going!

  1. Great post! I’m proud to say that I do all of these, and most of them are incorporated into my sport, karate 🙂

    All the best, Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

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