Have you ever wondered what types of workouts are the best ever for a healthy body?
Scientists at the Harvard Medical School released a paper outlining the only five exercises we need to practice to get the best outcome for our bodies.
Strength training is on the list and viewed as one of the five best exercises you can do to boost longevity, maintain strength and improve flexibility.
“The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, so it’s easier to maintain your weight,” says Dr. I-Min Lee, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, who was involved in the research on the best exercises ever. Lee has studied the effects of exercise for more than a decade.
High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is another way to get results from resistance training.
“If you don’t use muscles, they will lose their strength over time,” says Dr. Lee. The key is to up your reps if you’re using light weights, and lower your reps when employing heavy lifting and resistance. Results include stronger bone density, increased metabolism and reduced body fat.
The other types of workouts that are the best for muscle building, weight loss, bone strengthening and improving your heart and brain health are swimming because it uses nearly every muscle in your body, walking, even if it is a brisk daily walk of just 20 minutes, Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art that incorporates movement and relaxation and Kegel exercises which can help you prevent or control urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor problems.
Lee and colleagues also found that inactivity was responsive for more than five million deaths a year worldwide, about the same as the number of deaths attributable to smoking.
She suggests moving around for one to three minutes every half hour while you are work.
“There are lots of apps you can use on your phone or computer that will sound an alarm to remind you. The key is to make these things habits that you do without thinking about, like brushing your teeth,” says Dr. Lee.