Friday, December 18, 2009

Physical Exercise

Physical exercise is the performance of some activity in order to develop or maintain physical fitness and overall health. Frequent and regular physical exercise is an important component in the prevention of some of the diseases of affluence such as cancer, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and back pain.

Physical exercises are generally grouped into three types depending on the overall effect they have on the human body:
  • Flexibility Exercises: These exercises improves the range of motion of muscles and joints. Example is stretching.
  • Aerobic Exercises: These exercises focus on increasing cardiovascular endurance. Exercises like walking and running comes under aerobic exercises.
  • Anaerobic Exercises: These exercises increase short-term muscle strength. Anaerobic exercises includes weight training or sprinting.

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