Too much sport can be bad for you health, you hear that? It’s true, not only the quantity but the type of workout can do harm to you. Here are my top 10 exercises that will improve your health.
The votes are in, and the consensus is clear: Nothing quite beats walking. The exercise is functional (you can do it to get places), accessible (no gym needed) and “suitable for all ages and abilities,” says Michelle Walters-Edwards, chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance at Marymount University. Best of all? Walking can reduce your risk of premature death, diseases like hypertension and symptoms of depression, says Adam Wright, an athletic and personal performance consultant based in New York City.
Swimming can be easily called the perfect workout. The buoyancy of the water supports your body and takes the strain off painful joints so you can move them more fluidly. Research finds that swimming can improve your mental state and put you in a better mood. Water aerobics is another option. These classes help you burn calories and tone up.
Swimming is an absolutely awesome sport for your heart. It also is a low-stress activity. It keeps you at a healthy body weight, improves lung capacity, and builds muscles, all in addition to burning calories. Best of all, swimming can be done anytime of year at an indoor pool.
Yoga originated in India and well famous around the world for different techniques of yoga fitness. Yoga asanas, pose and exercises improve flexibility of body and mind and can be practiced by any people young and old alike. Few basic yoga postures are Bal Asana, Sukh Asana, Kapalabhati and the best morning Yoga stretching poses – Surya Namaskar. Daily practice of Yoga Asana’s leads to better life, great energy and improve your health and fitness.
The typical season for cycling takes place during May and June where millions of events and races take place every year globally. You don’t need to be trying to win the Maillot Jaune to get into this great sport. Cycling classes are fun and available everywhere. Cycling is a low-impact way to burn serious calories, but it also makes you happier and makes your brain stronger. Dr. Aurthur Kramer said of cycling: “Our research finds that after only three months, people who exercised had the brain volume of those three years younger.”
If squats leave your legs as wobbly as “a newborn baby deer,” you need to do them more, says Christopher Stepien, a sports therapy and chronic pain specialist at Barefoot Rehabilitation Clinic in Parsippany, New Jersey. The move helps prevent lower back, hip, knee and ankle injuries; boosts flexibility and balance; enhances communication between the brain and muscles; and even promotes bathroom regularity by “improving your body’s fluid and nutrition distribution to all your tissues, organs and glands down in the nether regions,” Stepien says.
Gymnastics requires athletes to be flexible, strong, and in great shape. Each time a gymnast steps into the gym they are called on to use all of their mental and physical facilities to win the competition. That’s because participation in gymnastics does not only offer physical gains; it is beneficial for improving concentration and mental focus. Gymnastics allows children the chance to think for themselves, to stimulate their imaginations and to solve problems safely.
You may think of a pushup as an arm exercise, but it’s truly “a whole body exercise” that works the upper body, legs and core, says Arwen Fuller, assistant professor in the University of Utah’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Want a challenge? Push up with your feet on a bench, or build power by pushing up as hard and fast as you can and catching some air on your way up. Need a break? Push up on your knees or against a wall while standing, Fuller suggests.
The plank is one of the best exercises because it tightens the deepest core muscles. It’s a static exercise where you use your arms to raise yourself off the floor and hold the whole body straight and rigid, like a plank of wood. You can do it anywhere, you don’t need any equipment and it only takes a minute (literally). What’s more, it is more effective than sit-ups and crunches because these work only the superficial abdominal muscles.
These exercises won’t help you look better, but they do something just as important — strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder. Strong pelvic floor muscles can go a long way toward preventing incontinence. While many women are familiar with Kegels, these exercises can benefit men too.
To do a Kegel exercise correctly, squeeze the muscles you would use to prevent yourself from passing urine or gas. Hold the contraction for two or three seconds, then release. Make sure to completely relax your pelvic floor muscles after the contraction. Repeat 10 times. Try to do four to five sets a day.
It’s a misconception that doing weights bulks you up, it in fact also helps you slim down and revs up your metabolism permanently. So head to the weight room, and when you feel like quitting, ask yourself why you started. The secret to shedding pounds is actually to build muscles. Go on, workout with weights. Another option is circuit training, which involves moving quickly from one exercise to the next, and burns 30% more calories than a typical weight workout. It blasts fat and sculpts muscle, burning up to 10 calories a minute.
Try at least one of them, and you life and body will change. If you’r looking for workout clothes check our fitness and yoga leggings page.