You know exercise is good for you. But you might not know that there are four kinds of it. Each one helps your body in different ways.
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The great news is that a lot of what you like to do probably counts as at least one of these types of exercise. And maybe even more than one. For example, running works your heart and lungs, your muscles, and makes your bones strong.
See how your favorite activity helps your body. Plus, get some ideas for new ways to move.
Here are some fun ideas to try:
Skateboarding or rollerblading
Canoeing, rowing, or cross-country skiing
Fast walking, hiking, jogging, or running
Cleaning your home or yard work
Dancing to music
Playing tag or jumping rope
Basketball or volleyball
Tennis, hockey, or soccer
Cheerleading or gymnastics
Do things to build your muscles at least three times a week. Here are some ways to get it done:
Climbing a rope, rocks, or trees
Running or rowing
Push-ups, pull-ups, or sit-ups
Gymnastics or cheerleading
Working out with weights or resistance bands. If you don’t have weights, you can use cans of food or full water bottles instead.
You should do these exercises at least three times a week. Try things like:
Jumping rope, hopping, or skipping
Gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, or tennis
You can do stretching exercises like toe touches or side stretches. But other workouts are great for flexibility, too. Try: