There are two forms of exercise
Aerobic exercise burns fat, gets your heart rate going (you will be able to
feel it beating faster) and makes your heart muscle stronger. It also
increases the number of blood cells you have, which helps your blood carry
more needed oxygen to blood vessels throughout your body.
- Fast walking
- Jumping rope
- Cross-country skiing
Anaerobic exercise involves building muscle
strength in different parts of your body. This type of exercise goes along
well with aerobic exercise because having stronger muscles helps you to burn
more calories. This will also help you look toned and feel strong.
- Stomach crunches
- Lifting weights
(free weights, cans of food, or weight machines)
you think about a new physical activity, ask yourself these questions:
- Will you enjoy it?
- Is it safe?
- Is it available to you?
- Do you have the time to do it?
- Do you have friends who do it, too?
If you answered ďnoĒ to these questions, find
another activity. It is better to find something that fits into your schedule,
that you will enjoy, and that you can do safely. The important thing is that you
get moving and there are lots of ways to get started! Walk when you talk on the
phone, use the stairs instead of an elevator, and walk to the school. Donít
worry if you donít have athletic equipment Ė you donít need anything special to
exercise. You can:
- Use canned foods as weights
- Go for power walks or run around your
neighborhood or the school track
- Use your own body weight to strength train by
There are many different exercises to work all
parts of your body. The chart at the bottom of
this page shows the specific muscles worked by the different exercises.