Sound health is the ultimate motivation you need, to stay fit, and remain on track. On that note, inculcating exercise to your routine is one way to achieve a sound health. When people are confused on choosing the right exercise for them and approaching it the right way, it makes the whole thing difficult to navigate. As a matter of fact, research has shown that the perfect way to stay physically fit is to get all types of exercise. So, it is rather ignorant when people focus on one type and expect to achieve magic from various angles. 

As humans, we understand that we all like living a life of fit, therefore, we deem it fit to explore the common types of exercise to include to your routine, the benefits and how best to approach them:

  •  AEROBIC EXERCISE – This is the type that focuses on your heart rate and breath-rhythm. It offers the heart and lungs a workout session that increases endurance, and supplies enough blood to the muscle for more efficiency. Aside that, it also helps to lower blood pressure, burn fat, relax blood vessel walls, boost your mood, and lower blood sugar level. The best way to approach it is to aim for 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensive activities. A few example of an aerobic exercise is:  brisk walking, swimming, jogging, cycling and dancing.

  • STRENGTH TRAINING - It is a natural thing for humans to lose muscle mass as they age. This type of exercise helps restore it. A regular strength training exercise will boost your confidence level and capability to complete simple daily activities. While it heightens your physical stamina, it also makes you stronger, strengthens your muscles, assists with bone growth, improves your posture, reduces stress and back pain, aids weight control and lowers blood sugar level. We have such examples like; squats, push-ups, lunges, and other exercise that involves resistance from a band, or a weight machine. The best way to approach it is to visit the gym two to three times a week. 

  • STRETCHING –Stretching the muscles is a key thing to add to your routine, as it helps to maintain body flexibility.  It increases your range of motion, reduces pain and helps manage your risk for injuries. For a fact, it is expected to stretch your muscles, before and after your physical activities. You don’t always have to hit the gym to achieve this. It could be those few stretches you do at random. It offers the benefit of getting blood and oxygen to the muscles, and make them willing to respond to changes. We have the dynamics stretches that involves repetitive motions like marching in a place, and moving your arm in circles. We also have the static stretches that requires you hold on to a stretch position for 60 seconds. It aims to target the calves, hamstrings, hips, shoulders and neck muscles. This is a part of keeping to the slogan “I like living”.

  • BALANCE EXERCISE – Another core type of exercise is the balance exercise. It helps you feel steady on your feet, and boost a physical stamina that prevents easy-falls. This is important as it helps maintain balance in our vision, inner ear, natural instincts, and the leg muscles and joints. The activities of balanced-focused exercises are yoga and tai-chi. This is not only for people battling with balance problems. It is part of keeping the mind and general body fit. More example includes; standing on a foot, and walking heel to toe with the eyes closed or opened. You will most likely need the services of a physical therapist for better outcome.


Exercising doesn’t only improve physical stability, it plays a major part in achieving a sound mind too. To achieve a smooth life begins with the passion you have when you say “I like living”. This is because sound mind comes from physical engagements, and you can’t acquire that by sitting idle.