Moving your body is a requirement for health. Most people don’t move enough. This problem gets worse and worse as society becomes more sedentary in most aspects of life and as our food quality deteriorates. 

Here is a basic outline of different categories of exercise. Each category can be used in different ways to achieve different results. But the most important thing is it will get you moving.

Cardiovascular Exercise 
Cardio is a type of exercise that raises your heart rate and breathing for more than 10 consecutive minutes. Think about this as movement for a sustained period of time. When we put stress on these two organs and make them work harder and for longer periods of time, they become more efficient and the functioning capacity grows your overall health. Increasing your cardio improves your health.

Examples include walking, running, biking, swimming, etc. During cardio, you’re also moving joints through their range of motion and stimulating the lymphatic system which helps propel waste through proper exit channels. 

Strength Training
Strength training helps increase strength through lifting weights. Types of strength training include, body weight exercises, squats, push-ups, lunges, etc. There are also basic pieces of equipment for home and gym that can assist in providing more options for body weight exercises, such as a pull-up bar. When you strengthen your body you decrease your chance of injury, you burn more fat, increase stability, you can help lower blood pressure, you become as functional as possible in your daily life, and the list goes on. The importance of strength training in one’s health routine is often overlooked. 

Mixing It Up
The best way to think about exercise and movement, beyond all else, is that it’s critically vital to your optimal health. Your body needs you to move. Commit to getting a mixture of cardio and strength training into your regular routine. It can be as easy as walking 45 minutes daily and 15 minutes of at-home body weight exercises. If you choose to go that simple, the key is to be relentlessly consistent. If you choose to add more strenuous exercises, you can do shorter periods of time and have rest days throughout the week. It’s encouraged to walk a minimum of 30 minutes daily even if they are considered your rest days.

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