There are many ways to discuss physical activity. We could review the basics of exercise, or go more in-depth and take a look into its physiology. We could talk about its benefits, and on the other hand, precautions one should take. All of this pales in importance to its necessity. It should be a part of everyone’s lifestyle – no ifs or buts. However, what many people do not know is how to get started. So, in discussing what physical activity is, let us talk about it regarding aerobic activity and resistance exercise.
Aerobic activity. When you think of aerobic activity, you probably think of cardio. An exercise that works to keep your heart rate elevated for long periods of time is what can be classified as aerobic. But remember some forms of cardio training function in spurts as is the case with intervals.
However, when thinking about an aerobic activity, you should not only consider the common types. Cycling, jogging, and rowing on a machine are all common means of doing cardio but are far from being the only ways to do it. Walking is in and of itself an excellent aerobic activity, even if it does not elevate your heart rate to great heights. To its advantage is the fact…
- it is easy to do,
- it is sustainable and can be
- done anywhere,
which leaves only excuses for not being at least moderately active.
Aerobic exercise should be a staple in the regimen of every individual because it offers the traditional benefits of exercise without being too demanding.
Resistance exercise. Resistance exercise is dissimilar. You will need instruction if you have not done it before. It takes some getting used to, and there is a learning curve to overcome. It does not typically burn as many calories, especially if you compare it to more intense cardio like jogging.
However, it should never be overlooked – resistance training confers benefits aerobic activity does not.
For one, it strengthens your body by fortifying your muscles. Besides helping small but essential aspects like posture, this provides functional benefits. As you age, it becomes especially important to stay in good shape, and not just aesthetically. Resistance exercise will help keep your bones, joints, and muscles strong so you suffer fewer aches and pains and maintain ease of movement.
Also, resistance exercise directly improves insulin function, because it exercises the nutrient transport systems in muscular tissue. An improvement in insulin function, of course, helps anyone with Type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar. Moreover, it fortifies muscle proteins, which help strengthen your immune system, leading to fewer illnesses as you age.
Do not kid yourself for a second – resistance exercise is essential.
The bottom line. You need to find a way to engage in both aerobic and resistance exercise. A balance is critical – you cannot go wrong with two sessions of each per week.
Don’t miss out on the benefits of these activities, and do not mistake their necessity. You owe it to yourself to take care of your body and well-being.