Best Types of Exercise

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We want to get the most out of our workouts, but which one is  the best for us? In a new health report called “Starting to Exercise,”  I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, recommends  these forms of exercise. And running doesn’t even make the list!Swimming  - Authors of the report say “you might call swimming the perfect  workout” and that’s because it works every muscle in your body while  raising your heart rate. And since you do it in the water, it doesn’t  strain your body.

Tai chi - This Chinese  martial art combines deep breathing, relaxation and flowing movements  and research shows tai chi can “help to reduce stress, improve posture,  balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs.”

Strength  training - This includes lifting weights, using resistance bands,  climbing stairs, Pilates, yoga, and body resistance exercises like  squats and sit ups. These help slow down the rate of bone and muscle  loss, help posture and flexibility as well.

Walking  - It’s easy to do, works your lower body muscles, gets your heart rate  up, and lowers stress, too. Plus, it’s low-impact, so it’s great for  exercise newbies. The Harvard team recommends beginners start with 10 to  15 minute walks and build up to 30 to 60 minute hikes.

Kegel  exercises - Surprised to see this on the list? These pelvic floor  exercises made the cut because they help with stress urinary  incontinence, something no one wants to deal with.

Source: Cosmopolitan UK

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