What’s Your Exercise?

Elderly ExerciseInogen promotes better breathing in all forms. The positive influence that exercise has on breathing is well-known, but it is not as simple as exercise = better breathing. It’s about finding the right exercises and routines.

It can feel pretty intimidating to find the right exercise that will improve your mental and physical well-being. Too often, the exercises feel difficult or physically taxing for your body. The good news is that there are a wide variety of exercise types, so you’re almost guaranteed to find one that fits your needs and body type. Walking and running don’t have to be the end all be all for your workout routine. Go4Life, an initiative from the NIH National Institute on Aging, breaks down the four types of workouts and how they benefit your daily life.


Definition: Endurance exercise is exercise that uses several large groups of muscles and is reliant on the delivery of oxygen to muscles by the cardiovascular system. It is designed to improve the function and stamina of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

Benefits: Endurance exercise helps to keep heart, lungs, and circulatory systems healthy.  It also works to delay or prevent many diseases.


  • Brisk Walking
  • Jogging
  • Yard Work
  • Swimming
  • Tennis



Definition: Strength training gradually increases a muscle’s (or group of muscles’) ability to resist force. It is designed to stimulate the development of muscle by breaking muscle down so that it can build itself back up bigger and stronger.

Benefits: The benefits of strength training include increased metabolism and improved overall health. With greater muscle strength, everyday activities, such as climbing stairs or carrying a travel bag, become less taxing on the body.


  • Lifting Weights
  • Using Strength Machines
  • Pushups
  • Using a Resistance Band



Definition: Balance exercise is a training regimen or program designed to improve static balance (ability to hold a position) as well as dynamic balance (ability to maintain an equilibrium while in motion).

Benefits: The main benefit of balance exercise is a decreased likelihood of falls and accidents. With better balance also comes increased confidence in performing other physical activity.


  • Tai Chi
  • Balancing on one foot
  • Heel to Toe Walk



Definition: Flexibility exercise elongates the soft tissue in muscles in order to better enable them for physical activity and prevent injury.

Benefits: The main benefit of flexibility exercise is, as the name suggests, improved flexibility. Improved flexibility results in better range of motion not only in physical activity but in everyday activity or chores. Another benefit is the decreased likelihood of muscle tear or strain.


  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Upper Body Stretching

“Exercise” or “physical activity” sound so great in theory, but when it comes to developing a plan for yourself, it starts to get intimidating. It’s important to move beyond running or power walking if those exercises don’t fit your needs. Find what works for you and get moving!

Share pictures and stories of your exercise routines with Inogen in the comment section and on Facebook!

All definitions contributed in part by medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com and http://www.fit-after-50-womens-health-magazine.com/definition-of-balance.html , http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/exercise-physical-activity/sample-exercises-balance


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