4 Types of Exercise and Their Benefits to Your Health

When it comes to crushing fitness goals, it’s imperative to take account of your weaknesses and find a workout that helps bring them up to your strengths! It can be even more confusing when it comes to picking the right workouts to help mitigate them. So, we did it for you — this article takes four different common weaknesses and lets you know the types of exercises you should be doing to help each one.

Coordination & Balance: Martial Arts / Boxing

If you constantly joke about how clumsy you are or avoid team sports like the plague, it’s high time you explored a few boxing or martial arts classes. Geared for any fitness level from beginner to advanced, you’ll be able to find a starting place that will help you work on your weakness and start to build a stronger foundation. Boxing and martial arts focus on hand-eye coordination, footwork and balance through every range and plane of motion. Forcing yourself to move in other planes of motion allows you to build well-rounded balance and coordination, and the quick movements will train your mind to move more efficiently as well!

Aerobic Strength: Running / Swimming

Aerobic training is focused around building cardiovascular strength. Wildly popular for helping with weight loss and overall endurance, it’s a popular pick for taking that initial step to getting stronger. If you’re looking to combat end of day fatigue or PR at your next road race, this type of exercise is paramount in building a strong foundation of endurance. If you’re injured, swimming is a great low-impact alternative to traditional running, and can also help you build better mobility!

Mobility: Restorative Yoga

Is stretching your biggest fear? While it may not be the most exciting workout on the table, it is one of the most important parts of keeping your body free of injury, and will also help you perform better in your other favorite ways to sweat. You should always allow one workout per week to focus on mobility. Workouts like yoga allow you to focus on building the foundation of your other exercises and allow new muscle fibers to grow properly through new movement. After a few months, you’ll notice that your squats are lower, your form is improving in planks and so much more!

Anaerobic Strength: Strength Training

Anaerobic strength is important when it comes to building muscular strength and power. It’s less important when it comes to overall cardiovascular strength, so if you’re looking to improve your body fat percentage, it won’t be as effective as aerobic training methods. Opt for one to two anaerobic strength-focused classes per week to help you get stronger for hiking trips, adventure races and anything in between! Great options for classes that will help you are Tabata classes, circuit training, sprint-focused running classes and CrossFit.

Mandy Gragg is a New York City-based certified personal trainer and an active fashion and beauty blogger. She shares her fitness, fashion, and skincare tips on her blog Haute Unofficial. Follow her sporty adventure on Instagram for more fitness, beauty, and active fashion inspo.