The Main 2 Systems for Optimal Physical Health 38/365

If you are exercising, essentially, you are creating changes and adaptations in your body. The 2 systems you need to build are the Musculoskeletal system and the Cardiovascular System.

Musculoskeletal System

The musculoskeletal system covers the muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments. In order for them to remain strong, they need to be put under stress, i.e challenged. As the saying goes – use it, or lose it!

Resistance training is most beneficial when looking to stimulate strength gains and keep your body strong, healthy and adaptable. Add in a flexibility/mobility type program to maintain mobility in your body. Focus on the joints first and then look at the muscles and ligaments that support its range of motion.

A great program should include some weight lifting, body weight training, core strengthening and mobility. This type of training is also said to be more beneficial for weight loss.

Cardiovascular System

The cardiovascular system incorporates the heart, lungs and blood vessels. This type of exercise can range from levels of intensity. Whilst walking is a good form of CV activity, it has low intensity and low impact. It is suitable for everyone. Running is a higher intensity and can have a greater impact in the reduction of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Regular aerobic activity improves cardiovascular health, reduces cholesterol and blood pressure.

By finding ways to enjoy your aerobic activity as much as our strength training, and being consistent, your body will respond better, perform better and look better.

Good examples of aerobic activity include, walking, running, rowing, skipping, dancing, cycling, hill walking and skiing.

Louise Loughlin