Many people do some type of exercise on a regular basis. Yet they usually don’t do a complete workout that will challenge all areas of their bodies. Some really enjoy cardio exercise such as jogging, biking, and/or swimming. Others like weight training and challenging their muscles so they’ll stick to the weights and dumbbells possibly at the gym. Yet others enjoy flexibility and stretching exercises such as yoga.
Although we can and should do the physical activities that we love to do, it is highly recommended to do a full fitness routine that will challenge all areas of our bodies. A complete fitness routine includes cardiovascular, or cardio-respiratory (heart and lungs), strength training (muscles), and flexibility (joints, tendons, and smaller parts).
A well-rounded workout routine does not neglected all areas of the human body. Cardiovascular exercises challenges and strengthens the heart and lungs which deliver blood and oxygen to the working muscles and gets rid of waste products such as carbon dioxide. Working your muscles such as when lifting weights and doing toning exercises help to develop strong muscles.
Strong muscles help in your cardio and flexibility workouts as muscles support everything you do including when you’re sitting in a chair. I.e., strong abdominal muscles (or your core) help you to sit tall and erect. Finally, flexibility exercises such as yoga and stretching keeps your joints limber so that you can perform the cardio and strength training exercises.
Tight joints and muscles will keep your range of motion limited which reduces your ability of doing exercises and even daily physical activities properly. Also, without adding flexibility to your workout routine, the small body parts such as joints and smaller muscle groups won’t be strengthened and flexible and thus will not be able to help you with the larger movements and workouts.
So be sure to have a full workout routine that includes cardio, strength training, and flexibility.