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Types of Exercise

There are many types of exercise to choose from. That means you can find activities you like to do, no matter:

  • Your age, fitness level or health issues
  • What shape you are in now
  • Whether you want to exercise alone, with a partner or a group

Exploring the choices to find what you like can be fun! However, before starting to exercise, be sure to ask your primary care provider (PCP):

  • What kind of exercises would be best for you
  • How often you should exercise
  • How hard you should exercise

The three exercise groups

There are hundreds of ways to exercise. Yet they all fall into three groups: aerobic, strength and balance/flexibility. Each group has different health and fitness benefits. That makes it best to do exercises in each group. Many exercises fall into two or more groups. Here is a quick look at the groups, the benefits of each and some sample exercises.


Makes heart & lungs healthy

  • Team sports
  • Walking/hiking
  • Jogging/running
  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Dancing


Builds muscles & bones

  • Lifting weights
  • Body-weight workouts (pushups, pullups, squats, etc.)
  • Resistance band workouts

Balance & Flexibility

Helps prevent injuries

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