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What Kind of Exercise Is Right for Me?

When it comes to being active, it's easier to stay motivated when you're doing something you enjoy. That means finding the right kind of exercise or activity for you and the best way to fit it into your day.


There are many different types of exercise to choose. Read about each one of them and then try out a few to see what might be best suited for you. Always consult your doctor before starting a new activity. A great way to create an effective exercise plan is to work with a qualified fitness professional. Many gyms offer free personal training sessions with your membership, so don't be afraid to ask about them.

Aerobic Exercise

The word aerobic means "with oxygen," so the kind of exercise that uses oxygen to generate energy in large groups of muscles is called aerobic exercise. Examples include jogging, swimming and cycling - basically, activities that will get your heart pumping. This kind of exercise helps build endurance, overall cardiovascular strength. Try to do more than 20 minutes at one time, so you can burn the maximum amount of calories.

Flexibility Exercise

Flexibility exercises, like yoga and stretching, include range-of-motion activities that use the muscle and tendon groups. They can help reduce stiffness and improve your performance in other areas of exercise. They can also increase your core strength (strength around your mid-section), which is very important for your posture and balance.

Resistance Exercise

Lifting weights is an example of resistance exercise, which includes muscle-strengthening activities that build muscle and bone mass. This is the most effective way to preserve lean body mass, improve muscular strength, and increase endurance.

High Impact vs. Low Impact Exercise

An activity is considered "high impact" if it puts a lot of stress or pressure on the joints. For example, running, boxing, soccer, and contact sports like rugby and football, are all high-impact activities. Low-impact activities include swimming, cycling, cross-country skiing and yoga. If you have problems with your joints, you may want to opt for low-impact activities that will be gentler on your body.