Neglecting proper stretching exercises and proper resistance training is a common error in the exercise programs of many people. They believe that doing aerobic exercise regularly is all they need to do to care properly for their bodies. This dangerous misconception needs to be corrected.
For too long, aerobic exercise has been overemphasized. Doing only regular aerobic exercise is not sufficient in caring properly for your body.
Yes, aerobics is a vital component of any sensible exercise program, and it should not be neglected. To care properly for your body, however, you must also do some regular stretching and some regular resistance training.
Without engaging in some regular resistance training, the average adult will lose more than a half a pound of muscle each year. If he does not account for this muscle loss, he will grow fatter and less fit, even while he may be maintaining a constant body weight and a good level of aerobic fitness.
In a similar manner, those who do not stretch regularly will lose a substantial amount of flexibility as they age. This loss of flexibility is not normal, and will contribute adversely to many health problems.
For example, 80% of back problems are musculoskeletal in origin. Very often, they are the result of lack of strength and flexibility in key muscle groups of the body.
To take good care of our bodies, we should engage in a well-rounded, sensible exercise program, consisting of aerobics, resistance training, and stretching.
Please note: This article is only for general informational and motivational purposes. It is not intended to give specific advice to anyone concerning his specific health needs. You should see your doctor for a proper exam before beginning any regular exercise program. You should also consult with appropriately qualified people for specific information about how to exercise and design your program.