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How to Choose the Right Exercise for Your Body

March 27th, 2022

As with many things, the answer is: it depends. People have different health goals, abilities, and limitations, so there is no one-size-fits-all answer.

Broadly speaking, there are three types of exercise: Strength training, cardio, and restorative workouts. All three have their benefits and all three have so many different workouts that fit the bills. Depending on our personalities and our stage of life, we can often benefit more from one than another too. Once we find what it is that works for us, exercise can be something we all look forward to!

1. Strength Training

Strength training is anything that makes our muscles stronger.

This kind of exercise helps:

- Metabolic health

- Maintaining muscle mass

- Supporting bone density

Types of Strength training include:

- Squats

- Bodyweight exercises like pull-ups & lungers

- Push & Pull, e.g. barbell or dumbbell

- CrossFit

- Power yoga class

2. Cardio Training

Cardio training is anything that raises our heart rate.

This kind of exercise helps:

- Manage blood pressure

- Manage mood

- Improve energy levels

It is great for people who:

- Are at risk of heart disease

- Want to improve their joint health

- Want to improve their mental health

- Men and women up to the age of 40 looking to manage weight

Types of Cardio training include:

- Running

- Swimming

- Walking

- Hiking

- Biking

3. Restorative Exercises

Restorative exercises are low in impact and intensity and are perfect for those who are feeling wiped out, stressed, burnt out and well, in need of restoration.

This kind of exercise helps:

- Flexibility

- Muscle and bone pain

- Joint support

- Detoxification

- Weight loss for those with high cortisol and stressed nerves system

It is great for people who:

- Are burnt out and overstressed

- Are looking to improve mental health

- Are looking to improve flexibility

- Have mobility restrictions

Types of Restorative training include:

- Breathwork

- Yoga

- Pilates

- Foam rolling

How do we know what’s right for us?

If it’s immediately clear from the above tables then great! If not, it might be time for a body check in. Ask yourself: “How are my stress levels?” If they’re high, restorative is a good choice. If they’re low, we’re well slept, and feeling energised then our bodies will benefit from strength or cardio exercises.

If weight management is the goal, women over 40 are likely to respond better to strength training (even some resistance is good, we don’t need to be Olympians!) and some strength-based yoga. For men and younger women, cardio training and strength training are beneficial.

Exercise is one of the best ways to boost your heart health and overall wellbeing. But which one is the right workout for you?

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Elyse Lam
Elyse has over 10 years of experience in marketing, specialising in digital marketing and content creation. She confidently spreads her attention across beauty, travel, and lifestyle.
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