Exercise, exercise, exercise. We all know the benefits of exercising. But if you say you never have time, I tell you—you are never too busy to keep moving. Get up from the couch and just start moving. Any physical activity that gets your feet moving already falls under the category of exercise. Gardening, sweeping the floor, mopping, walking up and down the stairs, walking the dog—these are wonderful ways to be active.
Daily exercise will energize your body in addition to providing many other health benefits. By increasing the circulation of your blood, oxygen is carried to all parts of your body more effectively. This increased blood flow dynamically nourishes and oxygenates your cells, making them (and you) very happy and vibrant! Exercise strengthens and tones your heart and muscles, burn fats and keep you limber and gives you energy and vitality.
There are two basic types of excerise: aerobic and anaerobic.
Aerobic exercises require high oxygen consumption which brings cardiovascular benefits to the heart, crculatrary system and all the tissues and organs of your body. Running, walking, swimming, dancing, bicycling and exercise equipment such as a stairmaster or a stationary bike provide great aerobic benefits
Aerobic exercise health benefits
- Improved circulation and lower blood pressure
- Increased lung capacity through stronger respiratory muscles
- A stronger heart, which boosts pumping efficiency and lowers the resting heart rate
- Increased red blood cell count, which transports oxygen more efficiently throughout the entire body
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
Anaerobic exercise does not required high oxygen consumption, but will tone the body and increase lean muscle mass, while descreasing body fat. Weight lifting, sprinting and jumping, carrying heavy objects and various forms of physical labor are example of anaerobic exercise.
Anaerobic exercise health benefits
- Stronger bones
- Reduced muscle atrophy with age
- Increased speed and power
- Increased muscle strength and mass
A main difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise are the fuels each uses. Again, anaerobic exercise uses carbs or sugar. Aerobic workouts use some carbs but also lots of fat as fuel. In fact, the more fit you are the more fat you use during aerobics. Also, the gentler the activity the more fat you use. As intensity is raised, carbs are increasingly relied on to fuel activity.
For a better looking body with more vibrant and efficient cellular functioning in all your tissues and organs, combine stretching exercise with both aerobic and anaerobic –and be the best you can.