As human beings, we are always looking for things that are best for us, for our families and our life. We are also wired to look for the easiest and most efficient way of completing this. Exercise is no different!
So, the burning question is; what is the best form of exercise? Or, is there even such a thing?
Exercise is inherently important for our physical health and all of our bodily systems to ensure that we are functioning the best that we can. We all know this! It is also very important for our mental health, not to mention the various other social and emotional benefits exercise provides us with. But is there a best type of exercise?
In short, we believe there actually isn’t!
Exercise is an extremely individual choice and what is a great form of exercise for one person, may not be the best for someone else. For example, the exercise choices available for a 35 year old looking to lose weight with no previous injuries or disease states will be a lot more varied than a 60 year old that has hypertension, type 2 diabetes and an osteoarthritic knee. Straight away you can see differences in age, injury history, disease state and goals can affect exercise choice and what may be the best exercise for a person. Furthermore, the climate, access to equipment or activities and a person’s culture can also affect their exercise choices or priorities.
So if you came here to get the answer to what the best type of exercise is, unfortunately, we have most likely disappointed you. However, we hope to have encouraged you to think about your current situation and what some of the factors that you may need to consider in finding YOUR best exercise.
For many of you that have no previous injuries and are free of chronic conditions, you have access to many forms of exercise at many different intensities and will most likely be safe and effective. However, should you have a previous injury, be suffering a chronic disease (e.g. hypertension, diabetes), have a disability or have no idea where to even begin, it would be in your best interests to contact your local Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) so they can safely monitor you, assess your capacity and help you find the BEST exercise for YOU!