There are so many choices of what to do for exercise. Who has the time to sort through them all? Wouldn’t it be great to know what is the most effective exercise for the results you want?
Despite all the ways to exercise, one thing does not change. Your body is a use it to keep it system. What you do regularly, your body adapts to. This of course works for both ways; it gets stronger when you are physically active and gets weaker when you are not. No matter what results you want, what is most effective for getting there is what you can do consistently.
Start by asking yourself What do I want most from exercise? Stamina? Strength? Mobility? Energy? Confidence? Calm? Focus?
(Important: Notice that weight loss is not one of those choices. Why? Ask yourself, would I want to lose weight and not be healthy, energetic, functional, or comfortable in my body? The fact is, you could lose weight and not get what you really want from it. Weight loss is not the goal, it is a method for getting what you want. Ask yourself what do I want from weight loss? Get to the bottom line of why you want to lose weight)
Consistency is the holy grail of exercise
Michelle Segar, PhD
Now you are ready to ask: What could I do consistently that would give me more _______(insert what you want from exercise)? Could you walk 10 minutes each morning for a little energy boost? Could you stretch mid-day to feel more comfortable in your body? Could you fit in some strength training for 10 minutes every other day so you can feel stronger?
Keep in mind, what you are able to do will change day to day, season to season, year to year. What will not change is the fact that your body adapts to what you do consistently. So, abort the search for the “best” kind of exercise. Instead, get clear about what you want and what you can do regularly. That will lead you to the most effective exercise for the results you want.