Not only is it important to incorporate regular exercise into your schedule for the reasons discussed in the previous article on the importance of fitness, it also matters the type of exercise that we do.
Generally we have to do both cardio and resistance training and our workouts should be targeted to the whole body rather than just focusing on certain areas. Spot training does not tend to produce the desired results, as we cannot always predict how our bodies will reflect our training or where we will lose body fat first.
An important aspect of exercise particularly past puberty is to increase bone density, as we age the rate of bone break down vs. bone building increases. To help control this and reduce the risk of bone diseases such as osteoporosis and arthritis, we need to exercise.
Something to highlight is that for women going through menopause increasing bone density is particularly pertinent, this is due to the sharp drop in oestrogen levels which accelerates the loss of bone mass.
Weight bearing exercise, where you put stress on your bones and your muscles work against gravity will increase your bone density.
The best types of exercise to achieve this are:
- Weightlifting – Something that many women shy away from but is very beneficial, it also helps to prevent loss in muscle and keep you toned. Body weight exercises such as squats, lunges and the plank will also provide similar benefits.
- Step Aerobics.
- Stair Climbing.
So adding some or all of the above types of exercises or activities to your workout programs, will ensure that you are gaining maximum health benefits from your workout routines.
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