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What makes a good workout?

What makes a good workout?

A good workout is one that incorporates strength, cardio and flexibility, core training and balance.

These five elements cover all you need for a solid and effective training programme.


Lifting, using resistance machines or anything that works certain muscle groups counts as strength work. Strength training can help with bone strength and muscular fitness. Try strength training twice a week to see results.

Cardio (aerobic fitness)

Anything that gets you moving enough to raise your heart beat and get you breathing hard counts as cardio. The better you get at cardio workouts, the more efficient your lungs and heart.

Try exercises like walking, jogging, swimming, or just vacuuming the house with a bit of pace!

Around 30 minutes of cardio every day is recommended.

Core training

The core muscles are made up from your abdomen, lower back and pelvis, and help to protect your back. The core also connects upper and lower body movements.

Specific core exercises can help to brace the spine and enable you to use your upper and lower body muscles more effectively. Anything that requires the use of your trunk without support with help to work the core – think crunches and planking,


As we age our balance starts to deteriorate so it’s good to get some practice in. Exercises like Tai Chi, yoga, Pilates and standing on one leg are all really good training methods.


Stretching greatly helps with flexibility which is important for a wide range of sports such as dancing. Good flexibility helps to relieve stress, and can be improved with classes such as Pilates and yoga.

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Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.