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Types of physical activity

Types of exercise

Physical activity is broken down into four different types: aerobic, strength (anaerobic), balance and flexibility.

Many people tend to stick to just one type of activity, but mixing things up will give you more benefits and reduce your chances of getting bored.

We’ve broken down the different types of physical activity below, so you can pick a combination that works best for you.

If you’re just starting out and taking your first steps with exercise, see what type of activity you can fit into your daily routine and then build up slowly trying different things.

If you have a health condition and want to start being more active, you should get in touch with your GP first for advice on what the best exercises are for you.