Some types of physical activity are especially beneficial:
* Aerobic activities â€“ speeds heart rate and breathing and improves heart and lung fitness. Examples are brisk walking, jogging, and swimming.
* Resistance, strength building, and weight-bearing activities â€“ helps build and maintain bones and muscles by working them against gravity. Examples are carrying a child, lifting weights, and walking. They help to build and maintain muscles and bones.
* Balance and stretching activities â€“ enhances physical stability and flexibility, which reduces risk of injuries. Examples are gentle stretching, dancing, yoga, martial arts, and tâ€™ai chi.