What Is The Most Effective Type of Exercise?

By: Amber Tebeau, NASM CPT, Manager and Trainer CoachMeFit West Bloomfield

As a fitness professional, I am frequently asked “What is the most effective type of exercise?”  Most people are looking for a simple answer such as running, weight training or aerobics.  Truly the correct answer lies within the person who has asked the question.  Every person is different, with their own needs, restrictions, likes and dislikes.   Exercise is most effective when it is tailored specifically to a person’s wants and needs. 

Whenever I am asked “What is the most effective type of exercise?” I always reply, “The type of exercise that you WILL do”.  What I am trying to say is that the best exercise is the exercise that is performed on a consistent basis at a moderate to intense level.  Running may be a great way for me to maintain my weight and fitness level.  However if someone hates to run, then running is not a good exercise for them because they are not likely to stick to the program.

Many people come to see a personal trainer because they do not think that they like any type of exercise, thus they welcome having someone force them to workout.   However, I have found that many of my clients who prescribe to this kind of thinking realize they enjoy the way exercise makes them feel, after only a few sessions.  When someone realizes that they like to exercise and the feeling that they receive, they are more apt to continue their fitness program.

I have my personal exercise favorites; however I do not try to press my clients to do these things.   I do not care what type of exercise that they do; all I ask is that they exercise at a moderate to intense pace for an hour, 6 days a week.  Again, the best type of exercise is the type of exercise that a person can commit to doing consistently to maintain their health.


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