THE BEST EXERCISES FOR YOUR GENERAL HEALTH

THE BEST EXERCISES FOR YOUR GENERAL HEALTH

Feeling overwhelmed by the enormous choice of exercise methods? New to fitness and trying to work out where to begin? Try these straightforward ideas for all-round health.

1.      WALKING – FOR BONES

One foot in front of the other, as much as you can, is one of the best things you can do for your body. The target of 10,000 steps a day is a good one, and like all weight-bearing exercise it will do good for your bones.

Make the most of every opportunity to use those feet, by wearing comfortable shoes and fitting extra walking into your day.

2.      TAI CHI –FOR CALM AND BALANCE

Early morning Tai Chi routines are commonplace in Chinese communities round the world. If you’ve ever seen it done you will realise that there is no age limit. This exercise works in harmony with your body and also involves meditation, so it is a perfect stress-buster at any time of day.

3.      STRENGTH TRAINING – FOR MUSCLES AND JOINTS

Strength training doesn’t necessarily mean big weights and bigger muscles. Any work with weights is good for your body. From kettlebells to barbells, there is a suitable weight and workout for you.

4.      SWIMMING – FOR ALL ROUND FLEXIBILITY AND STAMINA

Don’t save a splash in the pool just for your annual holiday. Swimming provides exercise without strain on joints, and so is accessible to anyone. If you’ve never learnt how to swim, try an adult beginner class. Teaching techniques have probably moved on since your schooldays!

5.      KEGELS – FOR YOUR BLADDER

The results of these exercises won’t show on the outside, but will pay long-term dividends! Both men and women can benefit from these invisible exercises.

Kegels can be done anywhere and no-one will know that you are doing them. Imagine you are trying to stop yourself passing urine and simply squeeze those muscles. Hold for three seconds, relax completely and repeat 10 times. Do this whenever you remember, ideally several times a day.

There are so many ways to get fit, inside or outside, that there is bound to be something that suits you. Mix it up with gym time and general exercise and you can’t go wrong.

 


The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

Comments

Simon J.
30 July 2017

Simon J.

as I do some badly overdue hedge trimming and weeding, i hope that gardening counts too - it is certainly weightbearing!

george h.
27 July 2017

george h.

swimming is great, easy on the joints. and walking for health and the environment!

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