Exercise is considered as a medicine for good health. Exercise not only helps us lose weight but also lowers the risk of diseases and improves our overall sense of well-being.1
The main types of exercises are:
- Cardio – Cardio involves any exercise which increases you heart rate. This type of exercise improves circulation, makes bones stronger, improves sleep, reduces stress, and increases energy. Examples are running, cycling, swimming, and aerobic classes, like zumba.
- Strength Training – Strength training involves exercises which help different muscles on the body become stronger and more powerful. This type of exercise tones the muscles, makes bones stronger, and helps burn calories. Examples are using weights, or press-ups and squats.2
Both these types are important to maintain fitness and also to lose weight. Consult an expert to develop an exercise regimen that includes the type of exercises best suited for you to lose weight.
Disclaimer: Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider.
1.Dietary Guidelines for Indians. A Manual [internet] National Institute of Nutrition. 2nd Edition. 2010 [cited 2015 Dec 04] Available from: http://ninindia.org/DietaryguidelinesforIndians-Finaldraft.pdf
2.Harris S. Cardio versus strength: Which is the best exercise? [internet] WebMD [cited 2015 Dec 09] Available from: http://www.webmd.boots.com/fitness-exercise/guide/cardio-vs-strength