Exercise therapy was defined as "physical activity that is usually regular and done with the intention of improving or maintaining physical fitness or health." (PubMed [MEDLINE]), MeSH database, 2003) Power of Life Exercise Therapy provides a systematic approach to regain, maintain, and enhance physical fitness and health. A Power of Life Integrated Bodywork Therapist focuses first on ensuring muscle balance, then on establishing core strength and flexibility to improve stability and general conditioning. Once clients achieve muscle balance along with solid core strength and flexibility, the IBT then begins to focus on areas such as weight management, peripheral strength, endurance, and power according to clients' specific lifestyle needs and health goals.
Exercises are generally grouped into three types depending on the overall effect they have on the human body:
1) Flexibility exercises such as stretching improve the range of motion of muscles and joints.
2) Aerobic exercises such as walking and running focus on increasing cardiovascular endurance and muscle density.
3) Anaerobic exercises such as weight training or sprinting increase muscle mass and strength.
Physical exercise is important for:
1) Maintaining physical fitness and a healthy weight
2) Building and maintaining healthy bone density, muscle strength and mass, and joint mobility
3) Promoting physiological and psychological well-being
4) Reducing body fat and injury risks
5) Strengthening the immune system
6) Improving concentration, endurance, and memory