What’s the Best Form of Exercise?
It’s a beautiful but cold sunny day here on Long Island, and it’s a light one for me. Thursdays are almost like an off-day, which is good because I only officially take Sundays off from working with clients.
Anyhow, today I want to talk about the best form of exercise. There are so many fitness disciplines that it’ll make your head spin: Resistance training, interval training, yoga, MMA, spin, zumba, etc.
So, out of all of these, what’s the best? My answer’s probably going to shock you…
If you’ve worked with me at any point, then you know I’m a huge proponent of interval training. To me, interval training allows you to work at your level. It enables you to get the same benefit out of a workout as someone twice as fit or twice as unfit as you are!
Interval training is also great for saving time, as your EPOC levels are elevated for up to 48 hours AFTER you finish exercising! This is why I utilize this method with my clients: It revs their metabolisms for hours, and sometimes DAYS afterwards.
All that being said, I don’t believe interval training is the best form of exercise. So, what is?
My answer: WHATEVER WILL KEEP YOU ACTIVE!
The reason I use interval training with my clients is because they’re busy. They’re parents, they have jobs, they have lives — They don’t have time to spend three hours in a gym five days a week.
With the various forms of interval training I utilize with my clients, they can get in, get out and move on with their days. They don’t need to worry about packing a gym bag, driving to and from a gym, and blocking off at least two hours in their busy schedules to insure they get their workout in.
But, you may not know what interval training is. Heck, taking time to just exercise may not be all that appealing to you. Trust me, for most of us, myself included at times, it’s not!
So, what do you like to do? Do you like going for walks? Take your dog, take a friend or take your spouse, and go for a long walk on a nice sunny day (spring is coming soon!). Go to a nature preserve near you, and hike the trails. Ride your bike, and sign up for a 5 or 10K later this year. Shoot some hoops with some friends. Join a local soccer or softball league.
Because of ‘the gym’s’ prevalence in our society since the 1980s, we’ve formalized fitness to the point that it feels like a chore. Just another schedule-filler that takes us away from what we want most: To relax, either by ourselves or with our families.
Make exercise fun again! With the weather swiftly changing, you’ll have the opportunity to do what YOU want to do. If you’re not quite sure what that is, try a yoga class, or any exercise class at a local gym or community center. See what you like, what you don’t, and focus on the things you enjoy.
After all, while exercise can help expedite the process, it’s really not all that helpful for helping you to lose weight ;-). That, my friends, comes down to your nutrition!
P.S. If you’re looking to learn the best ways to EAT, then you’ll definitely want to check out both my Food Guide and Recipe Book!
The Food Guide will really help you to understand how to make good nutritional choices, while the Recipe Book provides over 70 healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, appetizers and desserts.
These ebooks usually sell for $30 EACH, but since you’re checking me out, you can get your copies for just $13.99! That’s right — a $60 value for just $13.99 :-)
You can get your copies here: www.weightlossbypete.com/foodguiderecipes
Catch you on the flip side!