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When It Comes to Working Out, Variety Matters

Getting enough exercise can contribute to longevity and quality of life, as well as help you reduce pain, prevent disease and maintain a healthy weight. But with so many different types of workouts to choose from, it can be hard to know where to begin.

The good news is that you don’t need to choose just one. In fact, it’s good to mix it up. The more you vary your workout, the more your body benefits.

Here are four common types of workouts and some key things to know about each.

Core workout

A core workout focuses on the muscles between your ribs and your hips, most notably the muscles in your stomach, lower back and pelvis.

Moderate intensity (steady state) aerobic workout

A steady state workout allows you to raise your heart rate to a moderate intensity and keep it (roughly) there for the duration of your workout.

Interval workout

With an interval workout, you walk/run/swim/bike at a fast pace for approximately 30 seconds to two minutes, and then “rest” by moving at a slower pace for 30 seconds to two minutes, repeating multiple cycles of this.

Strength training

Whenever you use resistance to challenge your muscles, you are strength training.

Whatever workouts you choose, remember that every little bit adds up. Ten minutes is better than no minutes, and one class a week is better than none. Happy sweating!

January 1, 2019

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