THE BENEFITS OF VARIOUS FITNESS ACTIVITIES
When choosing physical activities, it is useful to know which area ofeach activity benefits. The following activities are rated low, medium and high, in terms of their effect on aerobic fitness, strength and . For overall fitness, a cross-training approach combines activities that improve each of these. The key below, provides additional information.
|ACTIVITY||AEROBIC RATING||STRENGTH RATING||FLEXIBILITY RATING|
|Judo||Low to medium**||Medium to high||Low to medium|
|Karate||Low to medium**||Medium to high||High|
|Golf||Low to medium||Low||Low|
|Tennis||Low to medium**||Medium||Medium|
|Badminton||Low to medium**||Low||Medium|
|Squash||Low to medium**||Medium||Medium|
|Football||Low to medium**||Low||Low|
|Swimming||Medium to high+||Medium to high||Low|
|Cycling||Medium to high+||Medium||Low|
|Circuit training||Medium to high#||Medium to high#||Medium*|
* Classes usually include a flexibility component at the end of the session.
** These activities are too explosive for real aerobic benefits.
+ These activities must be performed fast for aerobic benefits.
# May be divided to provide equal aerobic/strength benefits or biased.