For a healthy heart, lungs and muscles, it is important to get in regular cardio workouts. These will also improve your overall fitness level. Combined with a balanced diet, you’ll be on the right track to maintaining a healthy weight as well. You should aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio training per week. Adjust the intensity of your exercise depending on your personal goals, your motivation and the level of fitness you want to achieve.
Recommended classes: Bounce, CORE DE FORCE, Spin, STRONG by Zumba, Zumba.
Strength training involves moving your muscles against some form of resistance. Regular strength training will help you to improve your strength/posture/balance and keep your bones/blood pressure healthy. You should aim for 2-3 strength training sessions per week to work all the major muscles in your body. If you haven’t done this type of exercise before, please ask your instructor for advice so they can help you with proper form which will prevent injury.
Recommended classes: Boot Camp, Butt & Gut, Circuit, Weights.
Flexible muscles allow you to keep mobile and active which is important to improve your range of motion. Besides helping you relax and improving your balance, flexibility exercises can assist with lower back pain, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression. You should aim for 3-4 flexibility sessions per week to stretch all the major muscles in your upper and lower body. This type of exercise shouldn’t hurt, so if it does, it could be a sign you have injured yourself. Remember to be careful and take things gradually.
Recommended classes: JOGA, Yoga.
The main point is this – cardio training is good for your heart, strength training is good for your bones and muscles and flexibility training is good for everything in between! Each type of exercise serves a different purpose, and altogether, they are key to your optimal health and well-being!