What Exercise Is Best For You?

Most people read Dr Google or follow an “Expert” on instagram to choose the best exercise program to follow. Choosing the correct approach to being healthy is as important as going to the Doctor when you are unwell, but it seems to be the norm that people trust the latest fad or follow a program that simply works for someone else.

 

There are so many things to consider when deciding on a suitable exercise program, such as your age, current health level, injury history and your training or exercise history. When programing for exercise, factors such training type, intensity, regularity and progression are key to ensure that you achieve the desired physiological response. The key health message from prominent health organisations is to aim for at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. This is vague and still leaves people wondering what to do

 

There is also an argument as to whether resistance training or cardiovascular training gives the best results? My response to this is simple, you have a pump that shunts blood around your body and you have muscles that hold you together and move you. Simplistic I know, but if your train both systems regularly, they will function correctly and keep you healthy.

 

Because daily function requires sudden changes in direction, transition from slow to fast movements, periods of altered balance, sustained bouts of activity and sudden periods of muscular force, exercise programs should include variables that replicate or train this. All of these situations can be replicated with exercise and should be included to ensure that your body will allow you do what you want to do.

 

So when deciding to start an exercise program what is your real motivation to start the program? Is it to look good? Or feel good and be healthy?   Losing excess weight is important in reducing cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors, in addition to removing excess load on joints and in addition it will make you feel good about yourself.